Modi holds bilateral meetings with counterparts from Australia, Vietnam

 Modi holds bilateral meetings

The meetings took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in the Philippines.

In the meeting with Turnbull, Modi is also understood to have discussed convergence of strategic interest of both the countries in the Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China's aggressive military posturing in the region.

Officials of India, Australia, the US and Japan had met on Sunday to give shape to the proposed quadrilateral to pursue their common security interest in the region.

The issue also figured during talks between Modi and US President Donald Trump.

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China Installs Rocket Launchers On Disputed South China Sea Island: Report


China has said military construction on the islands it controls in the South China Sea will be limited to necessary defensive requirements, and that it can do what it likes on its own territory.

China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea to ward off Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China's ongoing military build-up.

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Ranil returns

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in the country this morning after concluding his visit to the Vietnam.

Prime Minister who left Vietnam on Sunday had decided to cut short his visit because of the tragedy at Meetotamulla

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US Sanctions North Koreans It Links To Weapons, Financial Networks

The United States on Friday sanctioned 11 North Koreans and one North Korean company for their links to the country's weapons programs, banks and commodities trade, the US Treasury said.

It said the people were working as agents of North Korea's government in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cuba to provide financial support or help procure weapons for previously sanctioned companies.

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Japan’s largest warship to visit Sri Lanka

Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.

China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fuelled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation.

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US Carrier Group Patrols In Tense South China Sea

 A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration.

China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea.

The U.S. navy said the force, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations in the South China Sea on Saturday. The announcement was posted on the Vinson's Facebook page.

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Risking Beijing's Ire, Vietnam Begins Dredging On South China Sea Reef

Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway.

Activity visible on Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands could anger Hanoi's main South China Sea rival, Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the group and most of the resource-rich sea.

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