Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the venue for opening ceremony

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the venue for opening ceremony

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the venue for opening ceremony

While there are going to be significant bilateral on the sidelines of the Summit level meetings, the Modi-Trump meeting is also crucial because it comes right after President Donald Trump's visit to China and the support that U.S. has extended to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a move that India considers counter productive to the transparency and equality in growth of the region.

Modi will arrive here on Monday to attend the 15th ASEAN-India summit and 12th East Asia summit on November 14.

"Embarking on tour of constructive engagements".

A meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Modi will be significant, as this is the first meeting since the idea of a quadrilateral grouping, involving Japan, US, Australia and India, has taken shape in recent months. The two leaders are scheduled to formally meet tomorrow.

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In their meeting, Modi and Trump are likely to discuss a host of key issues of mutual interest including the security scenario in the region.

Trump on Friday praised India's "astounding" growth after it opened up its economy and also lauded Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.

The prime minister, who will arrive in Manila today afternoon, will participate in the opening ceremony of the 31St ASEAN Summit which will be followed by a visit to the International Rice Research Institute at Los Banos.

He praised India as a sovereign democracy with a population of over 1 billion as well as the largest democracy in the world.

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Meanwhile, as the first visit to the Philippines by a Chinese premier in 10 years, Li's trip is seen as an important move regarding bilateral ties.

The ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese leader will join the ninth Mekong-Japan Summit and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders' Meeting.

In a near similar statement on its website, the Japanese foreign ministry said "participants discussed the direction for cooperation including with countries in the region, in upholding the rules-based order and respect for global law in the Indo-Pacific". And those 13 countries will be joined by an additional five nations - Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia and the United States - for the East Asia Summit.

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