India's foreign minister met on Thursday with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in New Delhi to mark 30 years of their relationship.
They discussed security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region as the rivalry between the United States and China heats up.
Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said the rivalry could threaten decades of growth by Asian countries. Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said ASEAN's centrality in the Indo-Pacific is "fully recognized."
Some ASEAN members have concerns about China's attempts to assert control over parts of the South China Sea.
India has been forging closer ties with ASEAN under its Act East policy. It has a dispute with China on its northern Himalayan border.