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India aims to tighten Quad's ASEAN ties as it hosts top diplomats

Foreign ministers meeting comes as U.S.-China tensions loom over Indo-Pacific

"ASEAN is central to India's 'Act East Policy' and its vision for the wider Indo-Pacific," Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told media recently. (Source photos by Ken Kobayashi and Kosaku Mimura)

NEW DELHI -- India is hosting foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday and Friday, as New Delhi seeks to present itself as a steady partner for a bloc torn between the U.S. and China.

Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan are co-chairing the meeting, which marks the 30th anniversary of India-ASEAN dialogue and a decade of strategic partnership. It is the first such conference to be held in New Delhi.

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