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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Manila highlighted the progress that India has made, saying that the Task of transforming India is proceeding at an unprecedented scale, further propelled by the government's various measures.

Modi arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines during the course of which he will attend the 15th India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit on Tuesday.

This was stated by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the ASEAN business and investment summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 13, TASS reported.

Both the leaders also discussed a range of key issues, including defence and security.

The Asean summit opened on Monday, with the member countries - Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - participating in the meetings.

In his maiden visit to the Philippines as prime minister, Modi will also interact with the Indian Community and visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Mahavir Philippines Foundation.


Modi on Sunday tonight held separate pull-aside meetings with US President Donald Trump and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of a gala dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN.

"It's an honour to meet you again", Trump told Modi.

Modi and Trump shake hands.

PM Modi is likely to reassert India's call for crafting a coordinated global initiative in dealing with traditional and non-traditional threats facing the region.

The RCEP, comprising the 10-member ASEAN bloc and six other countries - India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is engaged in negotiations for a free trade pact.

There have been concerns over China's growing military presence in the Indo-Pacific and the issue was understood to have figured in a meeting of officials from India, the US, Japan and Australia today under the proposed Quadrilateral coalition of the four countries.

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