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PM Modi bats for regional security architecture in Indo-Pacific

Modi talked about the need for a united approach to contain terrorism and radicalisation in the region

Press Trust of India 

US President Donald Trump (centre), National Security Advisor HR McMaster (left) and State Secretary Rex Tillerson at the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump (centre), National Security Advisor HR McMaster (left) and State Secretary Rex Tillerson at the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister Narendra on Tuesday strongly pitched for setting up of a rules-based regional architecture in the Indo-Pacific region, in a clear display of convergence of strategic interests among major powers and India, and sending a subtle message to China against its military assertiveness in the area.

In his address at the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits, Prime Minister also identified terrorism and extremism, including cross-border terrorism, as the major challenge facing the region and said time has come for all the countries to join hands to collectively deal with it. later returned to India. 

The prime minister talked about the need for a united approach to contain terrorism and radicalisation in the region, asserted India’s long-held position on freedom of navigation and over-flight in the Indo-Pacific, called for an irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and sought a detailed probe into North Korea's nuclear proliferation linkages. "India assures the of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional architecture that best attests to the region’s interests and its peaceful development," told leaders of 10 South East Asian countries.

His comment is seen as India's readiness in playing a major role in the broader regional framework along with the US, Japan, Australia, which are giving shape to a quadrilateral coalition, amid growing concerns among the and other players over China’s military maneuvering in the Indo-Pacific.

On the threats faced by the region by terrorism, including cross-border terrorism, said time has come for all the countries to join hands to collectively deal with it. "We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area."

Reflecting its seriousness on terror, the East Asia Summit, a grouping of 10 nations and nine other major countries including the US, India, Russia, China and Japan, issued separate declarations on anti-money laundering and countering terror financing as well as on combating ideological challenges of terrorist narratives. The countries of grouping, in the declarations, expressed strong resolve to work unitedly to deal with the challenge of terror networks.

Secretary East in the External Affairs Ministry, Preeti Saran, said at the EAS, stressed on safe and secure navigation in the and called for adherence to rule of law and international obligation including respect for UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea), in clear reference to China’s aggression in South China Sea. "He (the PM) also called for the complete verification and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. He also pointed out that North Korea’s proliferation links must be investigated and to hold into account the parties who have supported these unlawful programmes," said Saran.

"The prime minister reiterated India's commitment to RCEP and the need for a balanced outcome," Saran told reporters. The meeting of the RCEP leaders took place here on the sidelines of the summit.

First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 02:27 IST
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