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Ahead of PM Narendra Modi's Visit, Quadrilateral Initiative Begins In Manila

Ahead of PM Narendra Modi's Visit, Quadrilateral Initiative Begins In Manila

In those times, Chinese merchants bound for the Philippines would load their ships with stones as ballasts, which would be left behind as the fully-loaded ships sailed back to China.

On November 14, he will attend the regional comprehensive economic partnership meeting in Manila, endeavouring to further enhance India's trade and investment ties with ASEAN member states, which constitute a significant over 10 per cent of India's external trade. "Our Prime Minister's will visit this to demonstrate our India's support to this very important charitable activity". "There will also be visits to the International Rice Research Institute and Mahavir Philippines Foundation Inc", Prime Minister Modi had tweeted.

President Donald Trump, left, approaches Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at the SMX Convention Center in Manila on November 12.

The president will also hold talks with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit, which ends Tuesday, to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between South Korea and China. More recently, USA president Donald Trump referred to the term several times when he spoke to a group of business representatives from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) grouping in Na Dang in Vietnam on Friday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also likely address North Korea's flurry of provocative arms tests with other Asian leaders.

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ASEAN leaders are set to extensively deliberate on evolving security challenges facing South East Asia.

Trump is scheduled to reach Manila as part of his five-nation Asia tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

PM Modi is likely to reassert India's call for crafting a coordinated global initiative in dealing with traditional and non-traditional threats facing the region.

Just hours before Modi landed in Manila, officials from India, US, Australia and Japan - referred to as the "quad" of the major democracies of the region and regarded as the possible nucleus of a possible new security architecture in Asia to promote free trade and defence cooperation - concluded their first round of talks.

He is the fourth of ASEAN's leaders to arrive for the weekend, having been preceded by Lao PDR Prime Minister Thoungloun Sisoulith who flew in Sunday morning; and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.


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