Asia of cooperation will shape century: PM Modi at Shangri-La Dialogue


Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera, U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis and South Korea's Defence Minister Song Young-moo attend a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore June 3, 2018. "It is possible. I see ASEAN as an example and inspiration".

On issues relating to trade, Modi said India stands for an open and stable worldwide trade regime.

Modi stopped in Kuala Lumpur briefly on Thursday to meet newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad before arriving in Singapore. The ocean carries 90 per cent of India's trade and our energy sources. This was followed by a meeting in Manila of officials from India, the US, Japan and Australia-known as the quadrilateral, and seen as a group of democracies with allied interests coming together to counterbalance China.

"In recent times, both India and China have shown wisdom and maturity in managing issues and ensuring a peaceful border". Asia and the world will have a better future when India and China work together with trust and confidence while being sensitive to each other's interests, he had said.

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Delivering the keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore PM Modi highlighted the role that India and China have been and will have to continue playing for development in Asia and South-East Asian region. "Differences must not become disputes", he said and stressed "friendships are not alliances of containment".

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also participated in a dialogue titled "Transforming Asia through Innovation" at Singapore's prestigious Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was built in 2007, but the temple's richly designed interiors and comprehensive exhibits on Buddhist art and history tell stories of culture over hundreds of years old.

Former prime minister Najib Razak (back left) and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (back right) witnessing former minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan (front left) and Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan signing the agreement on the Johor Baru-Singapore rapid transit system link at the Istana in Singapore in January.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the regional and global challenges and reiterated their principled position on maritime security and expressed commitment to "Rules Based" Order.