PM Modi arrives at Breakfast Summit with ASEAN leaders

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that last month Asean defence ministers adopted the world's first multilateral air guidelines aimed at managing unintentional encounters between military aircraft

The region is a potential flashpoint, and a huge concern for the USA and other countries that rely on the right of passage for shipping.

America will lay out its plan to counter China's "dangerous debt diplomacy" in the Indo-Pacific when US Vice President Mike Pence addresses business leaders in Papua New Guinea on Saturday.

Modi also visited the India Pavilion of 18 companies at the festival as he began his two-day visit to Singapore. "It only requires that nations treat their neighbours with respect, and respect the sovereignty of our nations and global rules and order".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has sought to ease tensions with China over his country's claims to disputed waters, said Thursday that it was crucial that the countries involved finish work on a "code of conduct" to help prevent misunderstandings that could lead to conflict.

"Let me be clear, though: our vision for the Indo-Pacific excludes no nation".

The U.S. also is not part of another, Southeast Asian centered grouping of 16 countries called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which does include China, India, Australia and most other Asian economies.

He also met visiting Asean leaders during the United Nations annual meetings in NY in September.

Amid warnings from Beijing that the Pacific is no country's sphere of influence, Washington is signalling that it does not intend to take a backward step.

He also said that Asian nations were concerned by Mr Trump's overturning of the US-led liberal order, which had ushered in prosperity through a free exchange of goods, services and technology.


The US trade war with China has sparked tit-for-tat tariffs that threaten world growth.

Ms Campbell responded to the perception that the United States freedom of navigation operations in the region are "provocative".

"To describe these as provocative is to buy into the false equivalency which is a narrative that we are finding really challenging", Ms Campbell said. "Strong military activity will prompt a response from China".

The APIX will support banks to reach out to those without bank accounts in 23 countries including the 10 ASEAN members as well as major markets such as India, and small nations including Fiji, said Nikhil Menon, Virtusa's senior vice president and Asia regional head. "The rules are already there".

Pence criticized the US trade deficit with Japan, and said American products "face too many barriers to compete fairly in Japanese markets".

He said previously that Washington was committed to maintaining openness in the waterway and would not be intimidated by China.

Dr Satu Limaye, director of the East-West Center, said the U.S. vision of the Indo-Pacific was ideological to the extent that it had norms like the USA respect for national sovereignty, contrasting it with some of China's policies criticised for creating "debt traps" with unsustainable loans.

"If that is what is meant by ideology, that serves the interests not just of the USA, but also the region", Dr Limaye said.

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