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India and Philippines sign agreements

President Ram Nath Kovind is on his official tour to Philippines and Japan. In the first leg of his visit he reached Manila, Philippines on October 17, 2019. He met his Philippines counter part and signed four agreements on science and technology, culture, tourism and maritime. The agreement includes sharing of white shipping data. White shipping includes information about identification and movement of commercial and non-military vessels.

China claims most of the contested sea in the region. It includes waters close to the Philippines waters as well. In June 2019, a Chinese fishing trawler sank a Philippines boat. Many such mishaps are common in these waters. China had also dismissed a UN-backed international tribunal ruling that said that its assertion to the South China Sea is without legal basis.

 Significance of the visit

  • India believes that engagement with ASEAN countries is a critical element of India’s Act East Policy
  • Philippines is an important focus country for India’s corporate sector. There is immense potential to deepen India-Philippines economic ties
  • India is looking forward to participate in the infrastructural development and defense modernization of Philippines
  • Indian companies are interested to invest in Philippines health, pharma, innovation start-ups and digital industries.

Highlights of the visit

  • President paid his tributes to Dr Jose Rizal, the national hero of Philippines
  • The President visited Malaccan Palace. He was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the palace.
  • The visit was to commemorate 70th anniversary of India-Philippines relations

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President Kovind on a seven day visit to Philippines, Japan

President Ram Nath Kovind will begin his seven-day visit to Philippines and Japan on 17th October, 2019. The President’s first visit will be Philippines. He will hold delegation level restricted talks with his Filipino counter part Rodrigo Roa Duterte. He leaves for Japan on October 21, 2019. President is visiting Japan to attend the Enthronement ceremony of the Japanese emperor Naruhito.


The bilateral trade between India and Japan is around 15.71 billion USD. India has been the most attractive destination of Japanese manufacturing countries. The FDI to India from Japan has been electrical equipment, automobile, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

There are around 34,348 Indians living in Japan.


The trade between India and Philippines is around 1.6 billion USD (2016-17). Around 1,20,000 Indians are living in Philippines as of December 2018.

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