Modi’s Manila visit brought an enthusiasm in Indians in living in Philippines as well as the citizens of Philippines. There was a great welcome of PM Modi on his arrival to Manila
Modi Attended 12th East ASEA & 15th Indian-ASEA Summit
On 50th anniversary of ASEAN Summit, Narendra Modi attended the summits as 12th East Asea and 15th India-Asean summit to be held in Manila, Philippines on 14th Nov 2017, at the invitation of H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines. It was the first visit by Indian PM who went to Manila after Indira Gandhi in last 36 years. At the time of this meeting PM also invited leaders of ASEAN to be the chief guests on celebration of coming Independence day 2018 in India.
The members who attended this 12th East Asia summit were from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, US, and Vietnam.
This three day visit was as a bilateral meeting with the president of Philippines Rodrigo Duterate. During this visit several bilateral interactions were happened and Modi and PM of Philippines had a meeting and partnership in counterterrorism, defense and economy. Recently, during the terrorist siege of Marawi,a southern Philippines island – native place of President Duterte, India was among the first countries to send aid to Manila.
PM Talked on India’s Act East Policy at ASEAN
According to the ‘Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of External Affairs'( http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=133837)
“India’s Act East Policy focusses on the extended neighbourhood in the Asia-Pacific region. The policy which was originally conceived as an economic initiative, has gained political, strategic and cultural dimensions including establishment of institutional mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation.
The Objective of Act East Polic is to promote economic cooperation, cultural ties and develop strategic relationship with countries in the Asia-Pacific region through continuous engagement at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels thereby providing enhanced connectivity to the States of North Eastern Region including Arunanchal Pradesh with other countries in our neighbourhood.”
A Meeting With Leaders
Apart from attending the celebration of 50th anniversary of ASEAN Summit, PM had a bilateral meeting with other leaders including US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev.
Establishment of an Union Against Terrorism
“ASEAN began in a time of a great global divide, but today as it celebrates it’s ‘Golden Jubilee’ it shines as a beacon of hope, a symbol of peace and prosperity”
-Narendra Modi at 12th East Asean summit in Manila.
This summit made a great meeting with the President of US Donald Trump, as it worked as an opportunity to have a conversation with US and PM Mr. Modi took this moment very effectively and they talk on various issues regarding terrorism in this meeting.
“The relations between India and the US are growing… and I also feel that the relationship between India and the US is not only for mutual interest. It goes beyond that. We are
working together for the interest, for the future of Asia and for the humanity as a whole in the world,”
“The relations between India and the US are not only for mutual interest. It goes beyond that. It will be for the greater benefit of Asia and humanity, at large. I would like to assure you that we will come good on the expectations that the world and US have with India,”
-says PM Narendra Modi to US President Donald Trump.
About ASEAN Summit-
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.
The ASEAN region along with India together comprises combined population of 1.85 billion people, which is one fourth of the global population and their combined GDP has been estimated at over $3.8 trillion. Investment from ASEAN to India has been over $70 billion in the last 17 years accounting for more than 17 per cent of India’s total FDI.
The ASEAN grouping comprises Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. The 10-member grouping ASEAN and India comprises a total population of 1.85 billion people which is one-fourth of the global population.
Apart from these things, PM addressed the people of Philippines through his speech to ‘to be the Job Creaters not Job Creaters’.
PM at Gala Dinner
This is the picture at time of Gala dinner arranged by the President of Philippines , where our PM met other world leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinjo Abe and Mr. Trump. The menu of the gala dinner featured various Filipino cuisines, including Filipino steak sushi.
The ASEAN Handshake
The ASEAN Handshake is a tradition in ASEAN Summit where every member/leader is supposed to shake their hands together in crossed form as shown in the picture.
A Visit to the Farms of Manlia
Modi also visited to the International Rice Research Instititute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines. PM shared his experience after visiting the farm of Manila,
“My visit to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) was a great learning experience. Saw the exceptional work IRRI is doing towards mitigating poverty and hunger by improving rice cultivation. Their work benefits many farmers and consumers, particularly in Asia and Africa. Saw a detailed exhibition on rice varieties and the impressive work done by IRRI with women farming cooperatives. Interacted with Indian scientists, students, researchers working at IRRI. India’s ICAR and IRRI have been cooperating for four decades. India is also involved in helping IRRI in strategic planning, helping decide key goals and working to overcome hunger as well as poverty,”
In my view, PM’s Philippines tour was the not only to attend the summit but also was to interact with the leaders for PM. And Mr. Modi utilized this opportunity very well by discussing on crucial topics regarding various chaos happening among the countries and to secure the place of India with support of other countries.