India and Vietnam are boosting their maritime security cooperation in the last few years to protect common interests.
Quad nations comprise of India, Japan, United States, and Australia, which came together to shape the long-pending proposal of setting up the 'Quad' to counter China's aggressive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific region.
The proposed free-trade agreement includes 10 member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and six of the bloc’s dialogue partners — China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the important milestone of the year 2022 will be celebrated as the 'ASEAN-India Friendship Year' as this embarks 30 years of India-ASEAN partnership.
The virtual ASEAN summit, which kicked off on Thursday, is taking place amid China's aggressive behaviour in the disputed South China Sea.
The visiting ASEAN leaders were the chief guests at the Republic Day parade.
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Defence, security issues were discussed in the meeting.