Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday participated in the ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit in Singapore and underlined the need for maritime cooperation and centrality of trade for the prosperity of the strategic Indo-Pacific region.
Ahead of his visit, the Prime Minister tweeted, "I will be visiting Singapore on 14-15 November, to participate in the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits", PM Narendra Modi said in his departure statement prior to his Singapore visit.
"Chairman Kim's visit to Seoul is something we have agreed on, something we can implement and something that is possible", Cho said. "I say this to all the fintech companies and startups - India is your best destination", Modi told the gathering at the Singapore Fintech Festival here.
In contrast with Trump's preference for bilateral dealings and distrust of global institutions, the meetings in Singapore have championed a commitment to free trade and a multilateral approach to coping with myriad issues, from cybercrime and terrorism to maritime security and e-commerce.
Lee told reporters at a news conference Thursday that Asia is struggling to adapt to a "deal oriented" United States diplomacy under President Donald Trump from the more generous American approach of the past.
With India starting to import oil and gas from the U.S., there was a lot of discussion on energy cooperation as well.
The first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue was held in New Delhi in September which was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.
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"We believe that the summit will likely occur after the 1st of the year but the when and the where of that is still being worked out", he told reporters.
Increasing security and defence cooperation with Vietnam, which continues to strongly protest militarisation of South China Sea, is one of the central pillars of India's Act East Policy and Asean outreach. "And in that context the Prime Minister expressed hope that this would be the approach that U.S. might take when it looks at the whole issue of the H-1B visa", Gokhale said. "He felt India is a positive factor in regional and global relations", Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said.
Pence stressed the progress made with North Korea so far: "No more missiles being fired, no more nuclear tests and our hostages have come home".
NBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard asked Pence about whether the US needed a complete list of North Korean weapons and facilities before the next summit could be held.
"Empire and aggression have no place in the Indo-Pacific", Pence said.
India and the United States on Wednesday pledged to further strengthen economic cooperation and increase engagement in the oil and energy sector with a view to boost bilateral trade. On the contrary, he made several references to complete and verifiable denuclearization, a goal that could not be achieved without a complete inventory of North Korea's existing weapons.