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>> Indian leader Narendra Modi touched down in Singapore on Thursday, making a splash ahead of a top security summit during a tense time in Asia. The Asia Security Summit, or Shangri-La Dialog, after the hotel its in, usually brings together defence chiefs from the US and its Asian allies to talk military.
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This year that includes US Defence Secretary, James Mattis. The potential June summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is on the agenda, but it won't all be North Korea. India sent its Prime Minister for the key note speech while tension flare over a rising China and Beijing moves to stake its claims on the South China Sea.
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As Reuters Sanjiv Miglani reports, it's a signal of how quickly India's priorities are changing.>> His prescence clearly denotes the importance India's giving now to its sort of prescence in the region. As Modi steps up the profile of the military, the navy, as well as commercial linkages between India and the South East Asian counties.
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>> Modi's appearance comes just days after Mattis announced a name change for US Pacific Command to the Indo-Pacific Command.>> It's symbolic but it tells you where India and the US are going with their relationship. China's naval presence has increased in Indian Ocean and around India, which has caused some amount of anxiety in India.
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And so the Navy is now stepped up its presence and under Modi's, what shall we say? It's a more muscular policy.>> Australia, Canada, South Korea and Japan are among the others attending Shangri-La. The US military has put countering China and Russia at the center of its national defence strategy for years to come.
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Experts and allies, including Modi, will be looking to Mattis to see what that means, and how it all plays into the Singapore Summit potentially just weeks away.>> With like-minded,