Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India have decided to boost their maritime cooperation amongst the nations, as China on the other hand asserts power
Ten ASEAN nation’s leaders were present for the 69th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, emphasizing the region’s importance for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foregn policy agenda.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that maritime is an important sector for development and progress of the Indo-Pacific region.
He said in the opening speech at the summit, “A rule based order for oceans and seas, and respect for international law, is critical for peace. We are committed to working with ASEAN for maritime cooperation.”
He also described ASEAN ties with India as “free from contests and claims.”
And after the talks, India and the ASEAN nations have signed a declaration confirming an “open, transparent, inclusive and rules-based regional architecture” and improve maritime cooperation.