External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar emphasised on furthering the ASEAN-India strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region at the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific. Discussions were held with an emphasis on sustainability, connectivity, and maritime cooperation.
On the sidelines of the Summit, External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar met with his counterparts from several nations. He had a warm meeting with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi.
The two leaders will be meeting in Beijing as well. He also met the foriegn ministers of UK, Japan, indonesia, Phillipines, and few other nations. Dr. Jaishankar also participated in the 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting.
Meanwhile, at ASEAN Ministerial meet, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that Washington has not asked ASEAN nations to choose between China and US.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional grouping of 10 Southeast Asian countries, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and socio-cultural integration among its members and other countries in Asia.
The ASEAN nations comprise Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.