Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the India-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit which he will be attending in Manila, Phillippines 12-14 November. Mr Trump hosted Mr Modi in the White House in June beginning their formal interaction since the former took charge in January.
USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson made several references to the "Indo-Pacific region" in a speech at a think tank in Washington last month.
Just hours before Modi landed in Manila, officials from India, US, Australia and Japan - referred to as the "quad" of the major democracies of the region and regarded as the possible nucleus of a possible new security architecture in Asia to promote free trade and defence cooperation - concluded their first round of talks.
President Trump shook hands with PM Modi during a brief meeting on the sidelines of a dinner to mark the 50th Anniversary of Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
This is the first Prime Ministerial visit to the Philippines from India in 36 years since the visit by Indira Gandhi in 1981.
When arrived in Manila, President Widodo is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting on Sunday afternoon with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Issues relating to maritime security, terrorism, non-proliferation and migration are likely to be the main points of discussion at the East Asia Summit which, apart from the 10 ASEAN member states, includes India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the US.
He said his participation in the two summits symbolises India's commitment to continue deepening relationship with ASEAN member states, in particular, and with the Indo-Pacific region, in general, within the framework of the government's Act East Policy.
In his maiden visit to the Philippines as prime minister, Modi will also interact with the Indian Community and visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Mahavir Philippines Foundation.
President Widodo participated in the summit after attending the 25th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam, on November 10-11, 2017.
The references to freedom of navigation and overflight were in the context of China putting restrictions on ships and air traffic in the South China Sea.