Among other leaders, US vice president Mike Pence will also be attending the meeting. Pence and Modi are expected to meet during the summit. Usually, the summit is attended by the US President. However, this time, Pence would be representing the country at the request of President Donald Trump.
"The Vice President is honoured to represent President Donald Trump at the US-ASEAN Summit and APEC next week, where he will highlight American leadership in the region and reaffirm our commitment to freedom, economic prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific," Alyssa Farah, Press Secretary for the Vice President said.
According to the MEA, there are six priority areas of regional cooperation within the framework of the EAS. These are – Environment and Energy, Education, Finance, Global Health Issues and Pandemic Diseases, Natural Disaster Management, and ASEAN Connectivity. India endorses regional collaboration in all six priority areas.
The heads of state and heads of governments of 18 countries participate in the summit. The East Asia Summit is a forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries, in the East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions. It brings together ten ASEAN countries (Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines) along with Russia, Australia, India, China, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Japan and the United States. EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN leaders' meetings. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 14, 2005.
There are six priority areas of regional cooperation within the framework of the EAS. These are – Environment and Energy, Education, Finance, Global Health Issues and Pandemic Diseases, Natural Disaster Management, and ASEAN Connectivity
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