Eye on China, PM Narendra Modi welcomes ASEAN leaders as chief guests for Republic Day 2018
MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited the leaders of all 10 ASEAN nations to participate within the 2018 Republic Day celebrations as chief friends. The extension of the Republic Day parade as a diplomatic instrument comes at a time when nations within the area are struggling to deal with an more and more aggressive China.
“India assures the ASEAN of its regular help in direction of attaining a rules-based regional safety structure that greatest attests to the area’s pursuits and its peaceable growth,” PM Modi stated in his tackle on the 15th ASEAN-India Summit in Manila.
“I sit up for a befitting fruits of the commemorative yr and receiving you on the India-ASEAN particular commemorative summit on January 25, 2018, in New Delhi. The 1.25 billion folks of India are eager to welcome the ASEAN leaders as our chief friends at India’s 69th Republic Day celebrations. I’m dedicated to working with you to grasp our frequent future,” he added.
He additionally repeated his enchantment for all nations to unite towards terrorism on a world scale.
The ASEAN-India Summit occurred alongside the continuing East Asia Summit, the premier discussion board within the Asia-Pacific area. Aside from the 10 ASEAN member states, East Asia Summit consists of India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Russia.
This isn’t the primary time that the Modi authorities has dovetailed the Republic Day celebrations with the prospect of a bilateral, or on this case multilateral, summit meet with visiting leaders.
Then US President Barack Obama was the chief visitor in 2015, adopted by then French President Fracois Hollande in 2016. UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the chief visitor on the parade in 2017.
The 2018 Republic Day celebration is more likely to see the participation of the heads of state of all 10 ASEAN nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
This would be the first time on the Indian Republic Day celebrations for Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei, Laos and Myanmar. It will likely be the third time attending for Indonesia and the second for Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.