Manila, Nov 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the sidelines of ASEAN summit. The separate bilateral meetings are significant due to the proposed Indo-Pacific quadrilateral alliance between India, Japan, Australia and the United States. It is likely that the proposed alliance might have come up during the meetings.

“A strategic partnership defined by close co-operation and multifaceted interaction. Prime Minister @narendramodi and Prime Minister @TurnbullMalcolm meet in Manila, discuss close cooperation to optimise significant potential for further cooperation across a broad range of areas,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

PM Modi had met the United States President Donald Trump on Monday. Both leaders had pledged cooperation for the development of Asia.

PM Modi held talks on a range of issues including bolstering ties between India and Japan. “Meeting a valued friend and a trusted partner. PM @narendramodi and PM @AbeShinzo held a wide ranging and engaging discussion on intensifying special strategic and global partnership between the two countries,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with photographs of the meeting.

The meetings came days after officials of the four nations– India, the United States, Japan and Australia– held meetings their first meeting to chalk out the contours of the propose alliance proposed to end the Chinese bid of establishing economic dominance in the region with its One Road, One Belt initiative.

Modi also held a bilateral meeting with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei focus.

“PM @narendramodi met with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam. Both leaders had fruitful discussions on expanding bilateral partnership, specially in trade and investment, renewable energy, culture and people to people contacts,” Kumar tweeted.

PM Modi also met with Vietnamese premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit.