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Donald Trump to hold trilateral meeting with PM Narendra Modi, Japan’s Shinzo Abe

US President Donald Trump will hold a trilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe this week on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina. The trilateral meet would be an expansion of the bilateral meeting between Trump and Abe.

Nov 28, 2018 17:06 IST
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The White House said in a statement on November 28, 2018 that US President Donald Trump will hold a trilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe this week on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina.

The trilateral meet, which would be an expansion of the bilateral meeting between Trump and Abe, is a part of the series of meetings Trump would have on the sidelines of the summit in Buenos Aires on November 30 and December 1. Trump will first meet with Abe and then the two leaders jointly will meet with Modi.

The annual G-20 summit will be attended by leaders of the top 20 economies of the world.

Significance

The trilateral meeting is significant, as it comes at a time when China is engaged in territorial disputes with several nations in the South China Sea and with Japan in the East China Sea.

Both the areas are said to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources.

The Conflict

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, while several Southeast Asian nations such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims in the waterway.

The waterway includes vital sea lanes through which about USD 3 trillion in global trade passes each year.

The US has been conducting regular patrols in the South China Sea to assert freedom of navigation in the area where Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.

India’s Stand

Prime Minister Modi, in his keynote address at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore in June 2018 expounded India's stand on the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

India considers the Indo-Pacific as a natural region, which is home to a vast array of global opportunities and challenges.

India does not see the Indo-Pacific Region as a strategy or as a club of limited members, nor as a grouping that seeks to dominate.

It also does not consider it as directed against any country. It stands in favour of an open and stable international trade regime.

India also supports a rule-based, open, balanced and stable trade environment in the Indo-Pacific region, which will be beneficial for all the nations in the region.

Other Details

Besides Trump and Abe, Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit. It would be their fourth meeting in the last seven months.

PM Modi would also meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Mauricio Macri, the President of Argentina, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump is also scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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