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India and Asean hold key to the Indo-Pacific Region which will be "indispensable to India's future and our common destiny", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an article published on Friday in 27 newspapers across 10 Asean countries.
Modi wrote that India and the regional bloc together had "the potential to pursue higher ambitions and address the challenges of our times -- from infrastructure and urbanization to resilient agriculture and a healthy planet".
He said a future of hope for India as well as Asean countries needed "the solid bedrock of peace" in an age of change, disruptions and shifts that comes only rarely in history.
"Asean and India have immense opportunities - indeed, enormous responsibility - to chart a steady course through the uncertainty and turbulence of our times to a stable and peaceful future for our region and the world.
"Indians have always looked East to see the nurturing sunrise and the light of opportunities.
Now, as before, the East, or the Indo-Pacific Region, will be indispensable to India's future and our common destiny.
Modi said hosting 10 Asean leaders at the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi was "no ordinary event" but a historic milestone in a journey that has brought the India and Asean "in a deepening partnership of great promise for their 1.9 billion people, about one-fourth of humankind".
He said India shared a vision with its 10 eastern neighbours for the future "built on commitment to inclusion and integration, belief in sovereign equality of all nations irrespective of size, and support for free and open pathways of commerce and engagement".
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