PM Modi to co-chair the 17th ASEAN India summit today

By Aiswarya Raj

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi to co-chair the virtual 17th ASEAN summit today at 3 p.m. It will be attended by ten states and the focus is on economy and strategic ties. Modi along with the Vietnam prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc will co-chair the summit. The indian express reported that the meet would delve on measures to recover from the economic turmoil triggered by Covid-19.

The summit of the 10 member grouping is the first in a series of related gatherings to be held via video conference, including a meeting during which 15 Asia-Pacific countries are expected to sign a long-awaited economic deal, Kyodo News of Japan reported.

An official release of the Ministry of External Affairs said that it would take note of progress made in key areas such as connectivity, maritime cooperation, trade and commerce, education and capacity building.

The ASEAN india plan of 2021-2025, highlight of the summit, seeks to have greater cooperation in all key areas of economic and strategic partnership and it envisages the economically integrated and rules based grouping to narrow the development gap.

The summit will be attended by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. The summit is amidst the intensified territorial disputes between India and china. Many of the ASEAN countries have territorial conflicts, both island and maritime, with China in the South China sea, in the Paracel islands, Spratley islands, Scarborough Shoal and boundaries in the Gulf of Tonkin.