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Singapore summit: Pence and Modi to discuss bilateral, defence cooperation, says WH

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US Vice and Modi would discuss India-US defence cooperation and bilateral relationship during their meeting in next week, the said Saturday, asserting that "sky is the limit" for New Delhi's role in the Indo-Pacific region.

"They would be talking about the bilateral relationship and a defence cooperation in the kind of larger context. I can't really say if they'll get into trade (ties) specifically at this time," a senior administration told foreign journalists during a conference call Saturday.

Modi and Pence are scheduled to meet during the ASEAN and East Summit in next week. Pence leaves on a four-nation trip over the weekend, that would take him to Japan, Australia, and

He will be representing at the ASEAN and East Summit in Singapore and the (APEC) meeting in

Responding to a question, the said the two leaders would be talking about "a common vision" for maintaining what the US refers to a free and open Indo-Pacific as has talked about the Act East policy and their "enormous convergence" in these two approaches.

In some respect, these are different names for common approach and talking about some of those common principles that "we share, seeks to promote and sustain including a freedom of navigation and overflight, sustainable development for the region; the importance of ASEAN and the role that they play, as well as a major democracy in the region that we have very good relations in common with like Japan," the senior administration said.

"Really the role for (in Indo-Pacific region), the sky's the limit,"he said, when asked about what role the US sees for in the region and Trump's Indo-Pacific policy.

Noting that India is "such a huge component" of the Indo-Pacific region, the official said, "It is the second largest population, the world's largest democracy, while the is the world's second largest democracy."

He added that India is not only the dominant feature geographically, but also politically and culturally in the

"With this administration there is a significant increase in quality and tempo of interaction from the top leadership on down," the official said.

Referring to the recent two plus two dialogue in New Delhi, he said and had a "very, very good" meeting.

"It was amazing to see the amount of progress that's been made in areas of cooperation as part of our partnership," said the official, who spoke with foreign reporters on condition of anonymity.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 11:15 IST