PM Modi arrives in Philippines for Asean, East Asia summits

Anti-Trump protesters, police engage in brief scuffle in Manila

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Modi will attend the 15th India-Asean Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit in Manila on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived here on a three-day visit to the Philippines to attend the India-Asean and the East Asia summits.

While in Manila for the ASEAN meeting, the South Korean leader will also hold bilateral talks with the leaders of the Philippines and Singapore.

US President Donald Trump arrived in the Philippines on Sunday for meetings with his Asia Pacific counterparts, the last stop of his Asian tour.

In the backdrop of China's growing assertiveness, India, the US, Japan and Australia have got together to revive an alliance called the Quadrilateral, and talks were held today in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit.

Mr Modi will attend the 15th Asean-India summit and the 12th East Asia summit on November 14.

He will also visit the global rice research institute and the Mahavir Philippines Foundation.

Riot police used water canon to prevent hundreds of protesters reaching the USA embassy in Manila on Sunday, just a few hours before the arrival of President Donald Trump in the Philippines for a regional summit and the last leg of his Asia tour.

It focuses on economic, political, security and social issues. Japan has categorically said that it favours a dialogue between the four countries to boost strategic partnership.

Moon's trip here followed his visit to Vietnam for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit where he stressed the need to maintain maximum pressure on Pyongyang but resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff peacefully in the end.

"If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know", Trump said at a meeting with Vietnam's president, Tran Dai Quang.

"They agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large".

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