India & Singapore

India is looking to boost its Act East policy even as southeast Asia struggles to cope with festering maritime disputes in the region.While defence minister Manohar Parrikar will look to expound on how India views the regional security situation at the Shangri La Dialogue later this week, PM Modi is hoping to host his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong in September.
Top government sources in New Delhi said India was in touch with Singapore to finalise dates for Lee's visit. The two countries had signed a strategic partnership agreement last year when Modi visited Singapore. The Modi regime is looking to encourage more investment from Singapore for development of urban centres in India.While Singapore remains the government's most important partner for sustainable smart city development and other urban solutions, India is also looking to enhance its defence engagement with Singapore.
As a part of their revised defence cooperation agreement, the two countries are now looking to jointly develop and produce defence technologies.While Singapore is not party to the maritime disputes in South China Sea, it shares concerns with India over the deteriorating security situation in the region. Parrikar will have a bilateral meeting with his Singapore counterpart Ng Eng Hen later this week. He is also scheduled to travel from Singapore to Vietnam, which is directly impacted by China's outlandish cow's tongue claims in South China Sea waters.

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