US Prez praises Modi at the Apec summit

US Prez praises Modi at the Apec summit

US Prez praises Modi at the Apec summit

"When the United States enters into a trading relationship with other countries or other peoples, we will from now on expect that our partners will faithfully follow the rules", he said in the seaside resort of Danang.

The increasing focus on Indo-Pacific is believed to be a counter to the rising influence of China in the region.

Trump is scheduled to meet Modi in Manila, the Philippines, next week on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit, according to reports.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday told the Indian team that participated in the recently concluded Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup that competing with enthusiasm and spirit "is the first step to success".

"And Prime Minister Modi has been working to bring that vast country, and its entire people, together as one".

Modi also thanked Trump for praising India whenever he got an opportunity to speak about the country during his Asia tour. It's the largest democracy in the world.

Meanwhile, in a veiled attack on China, Trump said the United States would "no longer tolerate the audacious theft of intellectual property". Ironically, his criticism comes right after his visit to China.

According to some reports, while praising India the U.S. president attacked China, saying that Beijing's trade practices have kicked Americans out of jobs.

Xi, speaking at the same APEC event shortly after the US President, did not respond to Trump's remarks, but said economic globalisation had become an "irreversible historical trend". On Nov. 6, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented Trump a plan for a "free and open Indo-Pacific strategic partnership".

Trump's statements came ahead of a quadrilateral meeting of India, the US, Japan and Australia - in an attempt to stabilise Indo-Pacific region - on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit.

China has already reacted cautiously over the proposal by the Trump administration for a working-level quadrilateral meeting, saying Beijing hopes that it would not target or damage a "third party's interest".

Trump directly alluded to the Indo-Pacific strategy when he said, "But for this..."

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