A China-backed free trade bloc, spanning 30% of the world's economy, was formed at a virtual summit on Sunday in a move that likely gives Beijing greater influence and leaves Washington on the outside. David Doyle reports.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said enhancing all kinds of connectivity, including in social, digital and financial spheres, with the 10-nation ASEAN grouping is a major priority for India. He made the remarks at a virtual summit between India and the ASEAN."We believe a cohesive and responsive ASEAN is needed for security and growth for all in the region," Modi said. He also said that there are many similarities between India's 'Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative' and ASEAN's 'Outlook on Indo Pacific'. "Enhancing every type of connectivity between India and ASEAN -- physical, economic, social, digital, financial, maritime -- is a major priority for us. In the last few years, we have come close to all these areas," he said.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc co-chaired the 17th ASEAN-India Summit on November 12. The leaders of all ten ASEAN Member States participated in the Summit that was held virtually. He said, "Strategic Partnership of India and ASEAN is based on our shared historical, geographical and cultural heritage. ASEAN has always been the core of our Act East Policy. There are many similarities between India's 'Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative' and ASEAN's 'Outlook on Indo Pacific'."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi co-chaired 17th ASEAN-India Summit with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc. While delivering his opening remarks, he said that it's prime importance of his government to improve physical, economic, societal, digital, financial and maritime connections between India and ASEAN. "We've come closer in these sectors in the last couple of years and I believe this summit will go further to bridge gaps," he said.
More than 1,000 members of Thailand's LGBT community and anti-government protesters joined a Pride Parade on Saturday to call for equal rights and the ousting of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and reforms to the monarchy. Edward Baran reports