Trump said 'lot of good report coming from India': Jaishankar

Philippines Narendra Modi meets Donald Trump will hold talks with President Rodrigo Duterte

Modi and Trump at a meeting earlier this year. | Saul Loeb AFP

"I would like to assure you that we will come good on the expectations that the world and U.S. have with India", said Modi to Trump.

PM Modi, who arrived in Manila on Sunday for a three-day visit, briefly met Trump at a Sunday gala dinner.

He will also interact with the Indian community in the Philippines at a reception hosted by the Indian envoy. "We have started from where Mahatma Gandhi left and till now over 2.25 lakh villages in India have become open defecation free", he said.

Issues relating to maritime security, terrorism, non-proliferation and migration are likely to be the main points of discussion at the East Asia Summit which, apart from the 10 ASEAN member states, includes India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the US.

The use of the term "Indo-Pacific" by President Trump has led to speculation that it may have something to do with Washington preparing the ground for a revival of the so called quadrilateral strategic alliance between the US, Japan, Australia and India to counter China's rise.

"The main goal of these efforts is to make the transit of goods along the Asia-Europe route as fast as possible, economically viable and to form a powerful transport hub in the Russian Far East, which will help meet the needs of the entire Asia-Pacific region", he said.

The ASEAN region along with India together comprises combined population of 1.85 billion people, which is one fourth of the global population and their combined GDP has been estimated at over United States dollars 3.8 trillion.

The 31st ASEAN Summit is the most important event of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Việt Nam.

More such meetings with visiting leaders are being arranged on the sidelines of the summits.

Modi is also likely to participate in special celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders' Meeting and ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.

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