In­dia sup­ports rules-based se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture: Modi

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MANILA: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Tues­day called for in­ten­si­fy­ing re­gional co­op­er­a­tion to deal ef­fi­ciently with ter­ror­ism and pitched for a rules-based se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture for the re­source-rich re­gion, seen as a veiled ref­er­ence to China’s ex­pan­sion­ist pos­tur­ing in the Indo- Pa­cific.

In an ad­dress at the ASEAN-IN­DIA sum­mit here, Modi iden­ti­fied ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism as the sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge fac­ing the re­gion and said time has come for the coun­tries of the re­gion to join hands to deal with it col­lec­tively.

“We have in­di­vid­u­ally strived very hard to fight ter­ror­ism and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism. It is the time that we jointly ad­dress this chal­lenge by in­ten­si­fy­ing co­op­er­a­tion in this cru­cial area,” he said.

The 10-na­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) is con­sid­ered one of the most in­flu­en­tial group­ings in the re­gion and In­dia and sev­eral other coun­tries in­clud­ing the US, China, Ja­pan and Aus­tralia are its di­a­logue part­ners.

In an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to the South China Sea (SCS) dis­pute which has cast a shadow over the sum­mit talks, Modi said In­dia would con­tinue its sup­port to the ASEAN for es­tab­lish­ing a rules-based se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture in the re­gion.

“In­dia as­sures the ASEAN of its steady sup­port to­wards achiev­ing a rules-based re­gional se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture that best at­tests to the re­gion s in­ter­ests and its peace­ful de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

China’s ag­gres­sive mil­i­tary build up in the SCS was one of the fo­cus ar­eas of the de­lib­er­a­tions at the ASEAN sum­mit.

China claims sovereignty over all of the SCS, a con­sid­er­able source of hy­dro­car­bons. How­ever, sev­eral ASEAN mem­ber coun­tries in­clud­ing Viet­nam, the Philip­pines and Brunei have coun­ter­claims.

In­dia has been sup­port­ing free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion and ac­cess to re­sources in the SCS by prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law, in­clud­ing the 1982 UN Con­ven­tion on the Law of the Sea.

Prime Min­is­ter Modi also talked about shared val­ues, and com­mon des­tiny be­tween In­dia and ASEAN, adding 1.25 bil­lion peo­ple in In­dia were ea­gerly wait­ing to re­ceive lead­ers of the ASEAN at the Re­pub­lic Day cel­e­bra­tions in Jan­uary next year.

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