Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here at the Philippines capital to participate in the 31st ASEAN Summit.
This year's theme -- 'Partnering for Change, Engaging the World' best captures the geo-political situation in the region and also the complexities faced by ASEAN as a group and also by a few individual nations.
The year 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN. The 31st Summit will take place alongside related meetings and a special celebration of "ASEAN@50".
The ten members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Vietnam. According to reports in Philippines media, Modi is also expected set to tour Philippines for few days after his attendance of this year's ASEAN Summit.
Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Philippines after 1981 - when the Late Indira Gandhi had visited the country. Modi will also call on Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte.