With China looking, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh slams Beijing at ASEAN forum

Indian and Chinese defence ministers on Thursday shared platform at the ASEAN Defence Ministers Plus (ADMM) meeting during which the Indian side raised the issue of “threats to rules-based order” and “actions..(that) complicate the situation”.

Addressing the meet virtually, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Threats to the rules based order, maritime security, cyber related crimes and terrorism, just to name a few, remain the challenges that we need to address as a forum.”

An ASEAN Platform, ADMM-Plus has eight Dialogue Partners Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the United States.Since 2017 the ADMM-Plus has been meeting annually.

Without directly referring to China, he said, “As we enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercising self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoiding actions that may further complicate the situation, will go a long way in bringing sustained peace to the region.”