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MODI HAILED AS GREATEST WORLD LEADER BY ASEAN HEADS OF GOV

 By: PRIYADARSHINI SIDDHARTHA REDDY
 
 CHAIRMAN BOARD OF EDITORS
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 14 November 2017
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a LONG Bilateral Talk with the United States of America President Donald J Trump, on 13 November 2017, at Manila in the Philippines, before the beginning of the 50th ASEAN Summit.


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the U.S. president Donald Trump had met informally on Sunday 12 November 2017, ahead of the dinner hosted by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi after meeting the US President Donald Trump, said that India has always believed in “giving” rather than “snatching”.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi after meeting the US President Donald Trump, said that India has never claimed other’s territories.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi after meeting the US President Donald Trump, made these remarks in the Background of the rising invasive assertiveness by China in the Indo-Pacific region, especially in the South China Sea.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi after meeting the US President Donald Trump, while addressing the Indian community in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit said that: “If you see the history of India, it has believed in giving rather than asking. Moreover, it has never believed in snatching.”


Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarks were also reminiscent of his comments in Japan in 2014, when he said that some countries “encroach” on others, some “enter the seas”, and some “capture other’s territory”.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarks were made two hours after his second bilateral meeting since June with the US President Donald Trump and a day after Apex Diplomatic Officials of India, America, Japan and Australia, met for the First Ever  “Quadrilateral” Meeting.


The U.S President Donald Trump at the India-U.S Bilateral Meeting, in Manila, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “friend” and a “great gentleman” who “is doing a fantastic job” in bringing a lot of groups together in India.


The U.S President Donald Trump at the India-U.S Bilateral Meeting, in Manila, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying that:


“It’s great to have Prime Minister Modi here. We’ve had him at the White House, and he’s become a friend of ours and a great gentleman doing a fantastic job in bringing around lots of factions in India — bringing them all together. That’s what I hear, and that’s good news. And it really is. It’s a lot of good reports coming out of India. So I want to congratulate you,” he told reporters, at the beginning of the meeting at Sofitel Philippine Plaza hotel.


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi LONG Bilateral Talk with the United States of America President Donald J Trump, began more than an hour behind schedule.


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi while President Donald Trump was keenly attentive, said at the U.S-India Bilateral Meeting that: , Trump and Modi are working together for the “interest of the future of Asia” and “for humanity as whole in the world”.


From the Indian point of view, this statement clearly placed security and stability of Asia at the center, while linking it with the rest of the world.


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the Bilateral meeting that: ”The relations between India and the United States are growing very rapidly with a great deal of speed. And they’re getting deeper and very comprehensive. And I also feel that these relations between India and the US, they are not just for our mutual interests, but they go much beyond that. And we are working together for the interest of the future of Asia and for humanity as a whole in the world. And there are many areas where we are working together and we can work together in the future, too.”


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the Bilateral meeting that: President Trump had spoken highly of India, in a reference to the US President’s remarks at the APEC meeting where he praised the PM Modi’s leadership.


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the Bilateral meeting that: “And in the past few days, wherever President Trump has travelled and whenever an opportunity arose to talk about India, he has expressed a very high opinion about India and also things which are full of hope whenever he has spoken about India.”


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said hinting at India’s role in the South Asia strategy as well as in the Indo-Pacific, said that India would meet all expectations.


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that: “And I would like to assure you that whatever the expectations are of the world, of the United States, from India, India has always worked and made efforts to do our bit and to fulfill those expectations. And we will continue to do so in the future, too.”


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi later, at the Indian Community Reception at Manila, said that in India’s history, dating back to 5,000 years, it has “never done anything bad to any country”.

During the first and second world wars, he said, India didn’t need to claim any territory and that Indian soldiers fought to bring peace. Stating that Indians constituted the largest peacekeeping force in the world, he underlined that India was the land of Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian Community Reception at Manila, said that only if India was strong and capable, would the world accept to live in peace, indicating the importance of economic and military strength so that other countries respect India.


QUADRILATERAL

India, USA, Japan and Australia, after the First ever QUADRILATERAL MEETING at Manila, in an unusual manner, put out four different statements instead of a Single Joint Statement.


The Quadrilateral statements reflected the USA, Japan & Australia Nations’ own concerns and priorities.


India was cautious in its use of phrases that could hurt China.


India avoided catchphrases which had been highlighted in various other Bilateral Joint statements in the past.


India Diplomats repeatedly said that the grouping is not directed at a particular country.


The study of the four official statements give the perception that India is possibly most mindful among all the 4 Nations, of China’s sensitivities.


The ONLY official-level meeting of Quadrilateral nations, was decided upon ONLY after a Heads-of-Government Level meeting was avoided.


India which has been put at the centre stage through the use of the phrase Indo-Pacific.


India struck a balance and maintained a more restrained approach, even as it becomes a part of grouping that has the US and its allies.


Under Listed are the 4 nations’ Quadrilateral Statements, which were put out within 12 hours of each other.


Interestingly, only US and Australia used the term “Quadrilateral” in their statements.


Perceived to be more mindful of Beijing’s concerns and sensitivities, Japan and India did not use the phrase.


Free and Open Indo-Pacific: All four countries mentioned the phrases, indicating their common meeting ground on the issue. The shift from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific was endorsed by all countries, putting India at the centre stage.

India: A free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large.

USA: Shared vision for increased prosperity and security in a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Japan: Measures to ensure a free and open international order based on the rule of law in the Indo-Pacific.

Australia: A shared vision for increased prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific region and to work together to ensure it remains free and open.


Freedom of navigation and overflight: The common theme of freedom of navigation and overflight was curiously missing from New Delhi’s statement, while they have reaffirmed in the past, especially in joint statements with the US and Japan. All three mentioned it.


India: Not mentioned.


US: Freedom of navigation and overflight.


Japan: Ensuring freedom of navigation and maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.


Australia: Freedom of navigation and overflight.


Respect for international law: This, again, was absent from the Indian statement, whereas it has been staple in Indian joint statements with the US and Japan.

India: Not mentioned.

US: Respect for international law.

Japan: Respect for international law in the Indo-Pacific.

Australia: Respect for international law.


North Korea: India was cautious and did not name North Korea. But it subtly drew links between Pakistan and China with the North Korean nuclear programme.


Japan talked about “maximum pressure”.


The US wants to “curtail”.


Australia touched upon weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

India: Proliferation linkages impacting the region.

US: Further cooperating to curtail North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes and unlawful acts.

Japan: Tackling proliferation threats, including North Korea’s nuclear and missile issues, against which maximised pressure needs to be applied.

Australia: Address threats to international peace and security posed by the proliferation of WMDs, including DPRK’s nuclear and missile programmes.


Terrorism: The formulation ranged from “addressing”to “countering” to “coordinating”, and it showed the importance attached to the issue — New Delhi identified it as a common challenge.

India: Addressing common challenges of terrorism.

US: Coordinating on counter-terrorism.

Japan: Countering terrorism.

Australia: Coordinate on efforts to address the challenges of countering terrorism.


Rules-based order: India gave it a miss. The others mentioned the phrase. India has insisted on rules-based order in its past statements.

India: No explicit mention, but “cooperation based on their converging vision and values for promotion of peace”.

US: Upholding the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific.

Japan: Direction for cooperation, including with countries in the region, in upholding rules-based order and respect for international law in the Indo-Pacific.

Australia: Upholding rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific.


Connectivity: This is an indication that they discussed One Belt One Road, but the US was the most vocal as it articulated the concept of “prudent financing” — indicating the debt traps. Japan avoided any mention.

India: stability and prosperity in an increasingly inter-connected region that they share with each other and with other partners, and enhancing connectivity.

US: increasing connectivity consistent with international law and standards, based on prudent financing

Japan: Not mentioned

Australia: increase connectivity


Maritime security: India gave it a miss, although all three partners were very specific in coordinating or upholding maritime security.
India: Not mentioned.

US: Coordinating on…maritime security efforts in the Indo-Pacific.

Japan: Maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.

Australia: Upholding maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.


Future direction: Except for India, all three said that they will “continue” discussions – implying that the meeting is first of its kind.

India: highlighted India’s Act East Policy as the cornerstone of its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

US: The quadrilateral partners committed to deepening cooperation, which rests on a foundation of shared democratic values and principles, and to continue discussions to further strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.

Japan: affirmed their commitment to continuing discussions and deepening cooperation based on shared values and principles.

Australia: committed to continuing quadrilateral discussions and deepening cooperation on the basis of shared values and principles.


On the invitation of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will represent India at the 15th India-ASEAN Summit and 12th East Asia Summit on Tuesday in Manila, according to a press statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs.

The India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, as the event is officially known, is an international trade meet in which India holds dialogue with the ASEAN nations to celebrate New Delhi's diplomatic relations with these countries.

"At the 15th India-ASEAN Summit, the prime minister and ASEAN Leaders will review the commemorative activities undertaken in 2017 to mark the 25 years of India's dialogue partnership with ASEAN, as well as review the broad spectrum of India-ASEAN cooperation in all its aspects,"

Trade between India and ASEAN nations stood at $71 billion in 2016-17, and comprises 10.85 percent of India’s total trade with the world. "Early conclusion of a balanced Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement will further boost our trade and investment ties with the region,"


The East Asia Summit, the first edition of which was held in Malaysia in 2005, is a forum held annually by leaders of 18 countries including the ASEAN nations, India, US, and Russia.

The participating members of the 12th East Asia Summit are Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, US, and Vietnam.

"India, being a founding member of the East Asia Summit, is committed to strengthening the East Asia Summit and making it more effective for dealing with contemporary challenges," the foreign ministry statement said.

"At the 12th East Asia Summit, leaders will discuss matters of regional and international interest and concern including maritime security, terrorism, non-proliferation, irregular migration, etc. The leaders are also expected to accept declarations on countering the spread of terrorist narratives, anti-money-laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, and poverty alleviation," it added.

Following the East Asia Summit on Tuesday, Modi would be also attending a 'leaders' meeting' on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday expressed his desire to enhance “defence cooperation” with India, as he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two sides signed a defence cooperation agreement. He was accompanied by five Cabinet-rank ministers from the Philippines side.


He is also committed to improving the public health system and wants Indian infrastructure companies to pitch in his flagship “build, build and build programme”.


Four agreements were signed between the two countries, which covered areas of defence, agriculture, small and medium enterprises and tie-up between think-tanks. She said that the idea is to have private and public enterprises to cooperate in the defence sector, including on the off-shore patrolling vessels.


“President Duterte and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an excellent meeting.”


“Duterte said he would like to have very good relations with India”.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Manila on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines, during which he will attend the 15th India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit


This is the first bilateral visit by an Indian PM to this Southeast Asian nation in 36 years after visit of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981, though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited Philippines in 2007 for the ASEAN summit.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi Earlier in the day, contributed two Indian rice seed varieties to the gene bank of the international rice research centre in the Philippines which he said is working towards mitigating global poverty and hunger by improving the cultivation of the key grain.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, an urban locality around 65 km from Manila — the capital of the Philippines — and interacted with several Indian scientists working there.


A number of scientists at IRRI briefed the PM on flood-tolerant rice varieties which, they said, can withstand 14-18 days of submergence and provide 1-3 tonnes more yield per hectare in flood-affected areas.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the flood-resistant rice varieties that can withstand 14-18 days of submergence would help farmers and enhance their income. “Salinity tolerant rice varieties will help farmers where the soil is saline, for example Kutch. I also saw a drought tolerant rice variety that can help farmers in times of droughts.”


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was also shown drones that could be used in the agriculture sector and help farmers.

A ‘rice field laboratory’ named after PM Modi was also inaugurated by him at the institute.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a plaque marking the inauguration of the Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that:  “A contribution from India to IRRI… presented two Indian rice seed varieties to the IRRI gene bank.”


FINISHLINE

The India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the United States of America President Donald J Trump held the LONG Bilateral meeting in Manila in Philippines on 13 November 2017, signaling the Historic New India-U.S Axis against China Expansionism in the ASEAN Region and in the Indo-Pacific region.

 
 By: PRIYADARSHINI SIDDHARTHA REDDY
 
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