File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Reuters )
Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Friday, where he said "solutions cannot be found behind walls of protection, but in embracing change".
Modi added that India stands for an open and stable international trade regime. "What we seek is a level playing field for all," he said.
Modi said that "this is a world of inter-dependent fortunes and failures. No nation can shape and secure it on its own. It is a world that summons us to rise above divisions and competition to work together."
He then asked if that was possible, replying in the affirmative. "Yes it is possible. I see ASEAN as an example and inspiration."
"India stands for a free, open, inclusive Indo-Pacific region, which embraces us all in a common pursuit of progress and prosperity. It includes all nations in this geography as also others beyond who have a stake in it," said Modi.
"India-China cooperation is expanding. Trade is growing. And, we have displayed maturity and wisdom in managing issues and ensuring a peaceful border. There is growing intersection in our international presence," Modi added.
"The Indian Ocean has shaped much of India's history. It now holds the key to our future. The ocean carries 90% of India's trade and our energy sources. It is also the lifeline of global commerce," said Modi.
For thousands of years Indians have turned to the east not just to see the sun rise but also to pray for its light to spread over the world: PM Modi at Shangri-La Dialogue in #Singapore pic.twitter.com/itR1VvtHEV— ANI (@ANI) June 1, 2018
The Shangri-La Dialogue is a "Track One" inter-governmental security forum held annually by an independent think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The forum is attended by defence ministers, ministry heads, and military chiefs of 28 Asia-Pacific states. The dialogue gets its name from the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore where it has been held since 2002.