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Singapore is our springboard to ASEAN: PM Narendra Modi at Shangri-La Dialogue

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a first for any Indian prime minister, Modi said that the "unique honour of hosting ten ASEAN leaders on India's Republic Day was a testimony of India's commitment to ASEAN and to its Act East polciy".

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Updated: Jun 01, 2018, 10.37 PM IST
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Watch: At Shangri-La Dialogue, PM Modi urges Indo-Pacific to fight protectionism
Watch: At Shangri-La Dialogue, PM Modi urges Indo-Pacific to fight protectionism
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underlined the importance that India attaches with the ASEAN group of nations through its "Act East" policy.

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a first for any Indian prime minister, Modi said that the "unique honour of hosting ten ASEAN leaders on India's Republic Day was a testimony of India's commitment to ASEAN and to its Act East polciy".

Highlighting the significance of the Eastern region the Prime Minister said that the world's destiny will be shaped by the course of developments in this part of the world.

Lauding Singapore as a nation that stands on the side of principles and not behind any power, Modi said that the nation has been India's "springboard to ASEAN".

Stressing on the importance of oceans in India's development, Modi said that 90 per cent of India's trade and commerce and energy demand is met through oceans.

"Three years ago, in Mauritius, I described our vision in one word - SAGAR, which means ocean in Hindi. And, SAGAR stands for Security and Growth for All in the Region. And that is the creed we follow to our East. Now even more vigorously through our Act East Policy,"
Modi said.

Calling for an "equal access" to shared maritime and air spaces, Modi said, "We should all have equal access, as a right under international law, to the use of common spaces on the sea and in the air."

Modi also highlighted India's growing global strategic partnership with the US stating that "an important pillar of this partnership is our shared vision of an open, stable, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific Region".

On his informal meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Modi said that he stressed on the importance of a "strong multi-polar world order for dealing with the challenges of our times".

Modi said that a common rules-based order is required for prosperity and security of the region. Such an order must equally apply to all individually as well as to global commons.

Slamming protectionism, Modi said that "India stands for open and stable international trade regime".

Modi said that an Asia of cooperation will shape this century and rivalry among nations will stall progress and hold us back.

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