INS Sudarshini has been launched as India`s goodwill ambassador at sea to cement her ties with the ASEAN countries, an official release said.
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said the country has a stake in ensuring that the territory dispute in the East China Sea is resolved.
Defence Minister AK Antony will on Saturday flag-off a six month-long voyage by Indian Navy`s sail training ship INS Sudarshini to ASEAN countries.
A top Republican lawmaker asserted that the United States must continue to strongly support its allies and its interests in the region.
A Chinese daily warned that if the US launched a bid for strategic containment of China, it would be strategic choice that it "could not bear".
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to arrive in Beijing on Tuesday for talks with top Chinese officials.
China has just opened its railway link with the Association of South East Asian countries, which is expected to significantly boost its trade with the 10-member bloc.
A meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations last month ended in acrimony over the South China Sea.
The United States, Mike Hammer, does not take a position on competing sovereignty claims over land features in the South China Sea.
The conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended without issuing a joint statement on Friday.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that the ASEAN must strengthen ties with other countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
The Asia-Pacific region is where the interests of China and the US are the most intertwined.
Japan has agreed separately with Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos on importance of peacefully resolving territorial disputes in South China Sea.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged claimants to the resource-rich South China Sea not to resort to threats.
China reacted cautiously to a proposal by Southeast Asian nations to establish rules for maritime conduct in S China Sea to avoid conflict.
Clinton said the Obama administration has elevated engagement across Asia as a strategic priority of the US foreign policy.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also meet with Cambodia`s Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace.
Southeast Asian nations have agreed on a code of conduct to prevent armed clashes over the South China Sea but still seek to get China to agree to it.
Officials of India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are meeting here on Sunday to review their bilateral cooperation.
Asian leaders on Tuesday
called for Western sanctions against Myanmar to be lifted
after its historic polls.
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