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'Terrified' China Expresses Concerns Over Increasing India, US, Japan And Australia Ties

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"The officials also exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity", the MEA said.

The dialogue has been termed the first official meeting on the Indo-Pacific.

India's "Act East" policy and stronger collective approach to fighting terrorism would be the focus during Modi's discussions at the Asean and EPC meetings, officials said.

The annual East Asia Summit is held by leaders of the Asean countries and those of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US.

The move is seen as counter to China's aggressive behaviour in the area. American officials earlier said the new term "Indo- Pacific" replacing Asia Pacific captures the importance of the rise of India with which the U.S. has strong and growing ties.

Unlike the press-releases issued in Washington, Canberra and Tokyo; the one put out by the MEA in New Delhi carefully avoided certain phrases, which are often used in worldwide diplomacy to needle China.

A senior White House official had said that "we have strong and growing ties with India". Trump and his team have given it fresh currency in recent days, starting during stops in Tokyo and Seoul, building on the rhetoric of his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who last month talked of the need to support a "free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific".

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US President Donald Trump also separately met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he pushed his vision of an Indo-Pacific region that attempts to de-emphasise China's influence.

Trump and his officials used the term repeatedly through his five-nation tour that concludes in Manila.

In its statement, the Japanese foreign ministry said officials discussed measures to ensure a free and open global order based on the rule of law in the Indo- Pacific.

"And this persuasive approach is needed to bring the world's attention to the issue of cross-border terrorism and safe havens for terrorists that threat regional peace and stability in the region", India's former envoy to the United States said.

Apart from this, Geng also explained that this is the time when nations should focus more on peace, development, and cooperation, citing it as the required trend which must be followed.

"I think all relevant parties can put forward their vision and proposal on how to develop cooperation between the countries and regions".

Foreign Ministry spokesperson of China Geng Shuang mentioned in his speech that Beijing should not become a target for the US, Japan, India, and Australia. "The concept is Asia-Pacific or Indo-Pacific, or whether the region is Indo-Pacific or Asia-Pacific, it should correspond with the trend of the times and trend of the world", he said.

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