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US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc

"At the 15th India-ASEAN Summit, the prime minister and ASEAN Leaders will review the commemorative activities undertaken in 2017 to mark the 25 years of India's dialogue partnership with ASEAN, as well as review the broad spectrum of India-ASEAN cooperation in all its aspects", the ministry said.

In his inaugural speech at the highly fortified Cultural Centre in Manila, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte talked about various challenges facing the region and identified terrorism and violent extremism as threats that "know no boundaries". "It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area", he said.

Apart from that, he said other dialogue partners such as India and Australia also wanted to hold their own summits with ASEAN countries in January and April next year. "We reviewed the ground covered on various aspects of India-Japan ties and discussed ways to deepen cooperation between our economies and people", Modi tweeted.

Speaking at a press conference with Malaysian journalists at the end of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on Tuesday, Najib said ASEAN was increasingly valued by world and regional powers for its strategic importance and position.

"We remain committed to building a strong and resilient ASEAN Community".

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The ASEAN has been pushing for a legally binding code of conduct for all stakeholders in the SCS but Beijing has been opposing such a framework asserting that it will resolve the dispute with respective countries under bilateral mechanism.

Modi said 1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN leaders as the chief guests at India's 69th Republic Day Celebrations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ASEAN began in times of a great global divide, but today, it is shining as a beacon of hope.

Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam are seen as the main origin countries of migrant workers, while Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are the main "host" countries.

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