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Enhancing connectivity in the region is likely to feature in Narendra Modi's bilateral talks with the ASEAN leaders on the sidelines of the India-ASEAN commemorative summit. A bilateral meeting with the Cambodian prime minister has not yet been announced. He will have similar bilateral meetings with other ASEAN leaders on Thursday and Friday.

The fight against terrorism, maritime security, trade and connectivity will be central issues of the event, which theme is "Shared values, common destiny".

Asserting that India-Vietnam relations are on an upward curve, the president said, "Last year, we celebrated "Year of Friendship" to mark our warm and close ties".

Highlighting the strong cultural bonds between India and ASEAN countries, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said there is a need to propagate this "special relationship" amongst the youth of both the regions.

Analysts view the summit as a sign that Southeast Asian nations are moving closer to India - which may not be welcomed by China.

"In addition to celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-India dialogue relations, the Summit will be a forum for ASEAN and Indian leaders to exchange views on cooperation between ASEAN and India at regional and worldwide levels".

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The delegation informed investors that the state government will have tailor-made policies and incentive framework to facilitate investments from the ASEAN region. Some of these are the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (with Myanmar), the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway Project, Rhi-Tiddim Road Project (with Myanmar).

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In fact, exports of high-speed railway systems by China to Southeast Asian nations are lagging behind schedule, owing to disagreement over cost-sharing as well as delays in land procurement.

In 2016, Cambodia welcomed more than 46,000 Indian tourists. He also stressed on the importance of improved connectivity and investment in quality infrastructure for achieving higher trade and investment for India.He added that India is now working with ASEAN on multiple connectivity projects for land, air and water.

He also urged the two sides to effectively implement agreements on trade and investment in order to unleash the two sides' inherent potentials.

He underlined that the ASEAN - India strategic partnership rests upon the lasting values created by time-honoured interactions of their cultures and traditions.