China acknowledges Indo-Pacific Initiative; remains vague about permitting return of Indian students
India also said that a comprehensive approach to maritime security should protect and support legitimate activities while countering traditional and non-traditional threats.
The group’s decision to withhold the invitation to Myanmar military was a bold step to help improve its credibility in the face of criticisms levelled against it.
In the current geopolitical landscape, India and ASEAN have the opportunity to position themselves as front-runners in terms of relocation of value and production chains
The recent ASEAN snub was a huge loss of face for the junta chief. But can India and the international community wait for the group to take action while Myanmar burns?
Mutual cooperation in COVID era will strengthen India-ASEAN ties in future: PM Modi at virtual summit
Noting that 2022 will mark completion of 30 years of the India-ASEAN partnership, the prime minister said the important milestone will be celebrated as the 'ASEAN-India Friendship Year'.
It was the first time since 2017 that a U.S. president is attending the summit, part of three-day high-level meetings hosted by Brunei, ASEAN's chair this year.
Myanmar skipped the summit in protest after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations shut out its top general from its meetings.
Citing UN and World Trade Organization data, Widodo said Monday that the level of restrictions in Southeast Asia was the highest in the world.
The US, Britain and Australia announced last month they had formed a security alliance that will help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will invite a non-political representative instead of Myanmar's military leader, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the grouping's chair Brunei said Saturday.
Myanmar military spokesman Maj.-Gen. Zaw Min Tun had previously explained that Erywan could not meet with Suu Kyi because of the criminal charges against her.
While AUKUS is primarily a military alliance, EU and ASEAN are more focused on issues of non-traditional security such as climate change
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also said that the centrality of ASEAN to the Indo-Pacific and the importance of ties between India and the grouping are self-evident.
The ASEAN five-point consensus states that there shall be an immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar and all parties shall exercise utmost restraint.
Heng Swee Keat also said that Singapore is keen to partner with India for better integration of digital economies and both countries should enable the sharing of data and 'avoid data localisation.'