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"They pledged to enhance their cooperation as Major Defence Partners, resolving that two of the world's great democracies should also have the world's greatest militaries", the President's press office said.

The US State Department stated that the officials had "examined ways to achieve common goals and address common challenges in the region, such as: upholding the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific, including freedom of navigation and overflight, respect for global law, and the peaceful resolution of disputes".

With an eye on China's activities in the region, India on Sunday said that the first meeting of its officials in Manila with those from the US, Australia and Japan - described as the "quadrilateral" - agreed that a "free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large".

An External Affairs Ministry statement in New Delhi said foreign officials from India, Australia, Japan and the United States met in the Philippines capital and held consultations "on issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region".

Beijing has reacted warily to the "Indo-Pacific" approach, viewing it as aimed at supporting a more prominent role for India in an interconnected region and, some Chinese analysts say, also aimed at diluting China's influence.

"PM Narendra Modi is here we had met at the White House before".

With Trump's transactional business approach to worldwide relations, the statement said that the U.S. leader "expressed appreciation that Indian purchases of oil from the United States have surpassed 10 million barrels in recent months, and expressed confidence that stronger energy cooperation will be a geopolitical and economic game changer for both countries".

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held discussions on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit.

Before their meeting at the hotel Trump and Modi gushed with mutual admiration, both for their countries and themselves.

The relations between India and the United States are growing, and I also feel that the relationship between India and the USA is not only for mutual interest. He's doing a great job.

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"It's a lot of good reports coming out of India", Trump added.

The US statement said President Trump also expressed appreciation that Indian purchases of oil from the United States have surpassed 10 million barrels in recent months, and expressed confidence that stronger energy cooperation will be a geopolitical and economic game changer for both countries.

In a measured reaction, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that in Beijing's view "whether the region is [called] Asia-Pacific or Indo-Pacific, it should correspond with the trend of the times and the trend of the world". "And we will continue to do so in the future, too".

"Promoting the stability and the development of the Asia Pacific region is the common responsibility of the regional countries. And he is working at it very, very successfully, indeed".

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