Amid stand-off, PM Modi speaks to 2 of China’s close all

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NEW DELHI: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, India and Israel are going to work together in developing vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for Covid-19. PM Narendra Modi spoke to his Israeli counterpart over the phone on Wednesday and discussed areas in which the two countries can expand their cooperation.
The phone call was preceded by Modi talking to Cambodian President Hun Sen. In the past couple of days, as India and China have been locked in a tense stand-off in Ladakh, Modi has spoken to two of China’s close allies in southeast Asia — Cambodia and the Philippines.
With Hun Sen, Modi emphasised India’s Act East policy and “reviewed the robust development partnership between both countries, including capacity building programmes under the ITEC scheme and Quick Impact Projects under the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation framework”, said an official readout.
India considers Philippines a “vital” security partner in the Indo-Pacific region, Modi told Rodrigo Duterte, president of Philippines on Tuesday, the readout said. Modi assured President Duterte of India’s commitment to support the Philippines in its fight against the pandemic, it added.

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