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Singapore, Nov 19(ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrived in Singapore late Saturday night and was received by Singapore Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew.

Dr. Singh will be meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam tomorrow.

The Prime Minister will also meet with former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and with Goh Chok Tong, Senior Minister of Singapore.

Bali (Indonesia), Nov.19 (ANI): At the gala dinner held here last night, ASEAN leaders donned colourful Indonesian shirts and traditional attire.U.S. President Barack Obama wore a colourful green shirt which a pattern of black and red panel running horizontally.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in a dressy red Balinese attire.A patterned red jacket with a black t under it. She also took a red stole on the jacket, which added to the femininity of the outfit. Earlier in the day she was dressed in a suit with a red jacket.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wore a rust coloured Balinese shirt with orange panels in front. His wife Gursharan Kaur, however, wore a yellow silk saree, choosing, as always, not to change her usual attire.

Bali (Indonesia), Nov.19 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard seems bent on taking on all disbelievers in her country and going ahead with uranium exports to India.

Speaking to ANI on the sidelines of the 19th ASEAN Summit and the 6th East Asia Summit here, Gillard said: "I'm taking the change of policy to my party conference in December."

Earlier this week, Gillard had said that she would lobby the Australian Labor Party to change its stance on the export of uranium to India, despite India not being a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Gillard said that Australia could miss out on lucrative economic opportunities by shutting India out.

Bali (Indonesia), Nov.19 (ANI): "Outside forces" had no excuse to get involved in a complex dispute over the South China Sea, said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, throwing the gauntlet at the US.

An unofficial grouping of South East Asian nations is being egged on by the United States to edge out Chinese dominance in the shipping lanes of the South China Sea.

Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei are pressurizing China to be more accomodative and discuss the issue openly so as to come to some solution.

Bali (Indonesia), Nov.19 (ANI): Describing India’s partnership with ASEAN as one of the cornerstones of Indian foreign policy, and the foundation of the country’s “Look East” policy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said in his address at the 9th ASEAN-India Summit that a “rich agenda of cooperation” has been put in place that has benefited both India and ASEAN.

“In the relatively short span of our full dialogue partnership with ASEAN, we have put in place a rich agenda of cooperation. This has benefited both of us, and is contributing to the processes of integration and transformation of the Asia-Pacific region,” said Dr. Singh.

Bali (Indonesia), Nov. 18 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on the sidelines of the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here on Friday, and assured him of New Delhi's continued cooperation and assistance.

Briefing mediapersons after the meeting, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, Sanjay Singh, said: "The third meeting that PM had was with Prime Minister Hun Sen, who visited India in 2007. They discussed bilateral cooperation. As you know India has assisted in setting up entrepreneurship development centres, it is helping with water resources management, information technology, English language training etc."

Bali, Nov. 18 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met United States President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit at Bali, Indonesia, on Friday, where both pitched for strengthening bilateral strategic ties and for enhanced cooperation at multilateral forums.

Recalling President Obama's historic visit to India in November last year, Dr. Singh said: "I recall the immense pleasure in your historic visit to our country at the same time last year. And during the last one-year, we have been in progress in every direction, strategic or bilateral cooperation, in the field of economy, investment, trade, in field of higher education, in field of clean energy and strategic and defence relations."

Bali (Indonesia), Nov.18 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said that New Delhi has gone some way in responding to US firms concerns on the country's nuclear liability law and rules.

Interacting with media at a press conference here after a bilateral meeting with U.S.President Barack Obama, Dr. Singh, when asked whether the issue of nuclear liability was discussed with President Obama, said: "I explained to him that we have a law in place and rules have been formulated ... These will lie in parliament for 30 says . Therefore we have gone some way to respond to concerns of American companies and within the four corners of the law of the land, we are willing to address any specific grievances"

Bali (Indonesia), Nov.18 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had a 55-minute-long meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao here on Friday.

After the summit meeting, Prime Minister Singh told a Chinese TV correspondent, "We had a very good meeting. I always enjoy my meetings with Premier Wen Jiabao.”

“We agreed that both India and China must work hard to make our relationship stronger, wider and deeper," Dr. Singh added.

Earlier, during their meeting, Dr. Singh told Premier Wen that India was committed to developing the "best of relations" with China; while the latter underlined that the two countries should work "hand-in-hand" to ensure that the 21st century belongs to Asia.

Bali (Indonesia), Nov.17 (ANI): India decision to notify liability laws on the eve of talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of ASEAN summit being held here, is likely to go down well with Washington, and is also expected to add  more substance to the bilateral  talks.

Earlier, in New Delhi, commenting on the recent developments related to the nuclear liability bill, a government source said that India does not see it as an insurmountable problem.

"People have been doing business in the nuclear field with India even without a nuclear liability bill. We aren’t sure if this bill will address the concerns of the US companies wanting to do business with India. It is for those companies to decide. In India, Indian laws will apply so we have a control and say in that," the source said.

ASEAN: The Talking Shop 2011  11  17

Bali (Indonesia), Nov.17 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Bali today to take part in the 19th ASEAN Summit and sixth East Asia Summit at Nusa Dua.

During his stay in Bali, Dr. Singh, who has described India's partnership with ASEAN as an essential component of New Delhi's “Look East” policy, will review the implementation of the India-ASEAN Plan of Action for the period 2010-2015, convince the 10-member ASEAN grouping about considering bilateral Free Trade Agreements in the services sector and have several bilateral interactions on the summit's sidelines.

Before leaving for Bali this morning, Dr. Singh said: “The level of our engagement with the ASEAN as a group and with individual ASEAN Member States has gone up qualitatively in the last few years. This is reflected in the areas of trade and investment, capacity-building, connectivity, people-to-people and institutional linkages."

New Delhi, Nov.17 (ANI): “India-China relationship is one of the most complicated relationships in the world, simply if you see the wide range of complex issues that need very sensitive handling” said a senior government source.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be meeting with the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the ninth ASEAN Summit in Bali, Indonesia, tomorrow.

The source said that both sides are keen that the vexed border issue should be resolved, but are also certain that it should be done in a planned and staged manner.

Bali (Indonesia), Nov.17 (ANI): ASEAN is all set to set to endorse Myanmar’s bid to chair regional meetings in 2014. ASEAN chairmanship rotates annually in alphabetical order among its 10 countries and hosts summits that bring together leaders from Asian countries as well as the U.S., China, India and Russia.

Human rights activists and the United States had criticized the proposal to hand over the ASEAN chairmanship to Myanmar.

However member nations expressed the opinion that Myanmar’s recent reform moves deserve to be rewarded with not just the ASEAN’s chairmanship but also the opportunity to host the East Asia Summit in 2014. It will be interesting to see if the American president would attend the EA Summit.




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