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PM Modi reaches out to Philipines - Assures full support against China in SCS dispute
Sunday, January 29, 2017
By: Asian Age

http://www.defencenews.in/article/PM-Modi-reaches-out-to-Philipines---Assures-full-support-against-China-in-SCS-dispute-250172

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached out to the Obama baiter, President R.R. Duterte of the Philippines and current Asean chair, with both leaders praising each other on Indo-Asean cooperation.

However, what is most significant is that in a veiled message to China, PM Modi — in his outreach to Mr Duterte — clearly said India would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Asean in the pursuit of a rules-based regional architecture.

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The ministry of external affairs on Saturday said, “The PM’s message clearly says that India would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Asean in the pursuit of a rules-based regional architecture which is open, inclusive, balanced and equitable. India wants to continue to work closely with Asean in regional and international fora.”

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