PM Modi arrives in Laos to attend ASEAN, East Asia Summits

PM Modi arrives in Laos to attend ASEAN, East Asia Summits

They noted how no less than Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had told Duterte he was very popular in Japan; and how many people at the ASEAN events jostled to have their "selfies" with the acid-tongued president.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (from left, 4th) and leaders from ASEAN members attend the 19th ASEAN-China Summit in Vientiane, Laos, Sept 7, 2016.

India has been seeking to join the exclusive 21-member APEC.

"An invaluable occasion to have our leaders meet for the objective of discussing how to strengthen our comprehensive areas of cooperation would have been a golden opportunity", del Rosario said.

Future directions under the three pillars of politico-security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation will be the focus of talks at the 14th ASEAN-India summit.

To reduce the chances of a maritime flare-up, Asean and Chinese leaders on Wednesday adopted a joint statement on the application of the code of unplanned encounters at sea, and also guidelines for hotline communications among senior officials during maritime emergencies.

Pakistan court blast toll rises to 14
At least 12 people died, including four lawyers, in a suicide bombing on Friday outside a courthouse in Pakistan . Police officials said that the suicide bomber had between seven and eight kilogrammes of explosives on his body.

Ahead of his visit, Modi said on Tuesday that southeast Asia was the key to the development of India's northeastern region.

They will also exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest and concern.

In a Facebookpost, he said strategic partnership with ASEAN is also important for safeguarding and promoting India's security interests and countering traditional and non-traditional security challenges in the region. Li and the Laotian Prime Minister have also inaugurated a handbook on China-ASEAN relations.

A total of 66 dialogue mechanisms at various levels have been established in 24 fields within the framework of ASEAN+3, covering diplomacy, economy, finance, agriculture, labor, tourism, environment, the fight against cross-border crime, health care, energy, telecommunications, social welfare and administration innovation.

Trade between India and ASEAN stood at United States dollars 65.04 billion in 2015-16 and comprises 10.12 per cent of India's total trade with the world.

State leaders, ministers and other high-ranking officials from 10 ASEAN countries, China, Japan and South Korea meet annually to discuss cooperation and major worldwide and regional issues.