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US, ASEAN agree to boost cooperation against terrorism, violent extremism

15 November 2017, 10:06 | Glen Norman

Southeast Asian Nations link hands during the 31th ASEAN Summit in Manila on Monday. — VNA VNS

Southeast Asian Nations link hands during the 31th ASEAN Summit in Manila on Monday. — VNA  VNS

"Both the leaders said scourge of terrorism has to be dealt with effectively".

"We are committed to curtailing the threat of terrorism and violent extremism through information sharing and law enforcement cooperation, including through our Southeast Asia Aviation and Border Security program, as well as strengthening data exchange with Interpol", it added.

"The ASEAN-US partnership plays an increasing role in addressing transnational challenges. We had extensive discussions on enhancing India-Philippines bilateral cooperation especially in trade, business and culture", Modi tweeted after the first visit by an Indian PM to Philippines in 36 years. "Had a productive meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte". China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons.

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"Together, we can make our two regions stronger".

The ASEAN has been pushing for a legally binding code of conduct for all stakeholders in the SCS but Beijing has been opposing such a framework asserting that it will resolve the dispute with respective countries under bilateral mechanism.

The East Asia Summit is a forum held annually by leaders of 18 countries including ASEAN nations India, the U.S. and Russian Federation. Our next 50 years will require deeper efforts on the next 3Cs: "Community, Centrality, and Connectivity if we are to realize our ASEAN Vision by 2025", Duterte said at the end of a two-day ASEAN summit.

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Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei are the members of the ASEAN.

The 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.

The ties between India and ASEAN have been on an upswing.

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The Prime Minister also invited the ASEAN leaders for the 69th Republic Day. 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, the USA and Vietnam.



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