"The consensus of nations on a 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific' is growing, and its proponents are beginning to work together to see it realised," Yoho said.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an agreement signed with Brunei on exchange of information and collection of taxes.
Members of the ASEAN are confident of their economic growth outlook despite rising global trade tensions, Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said.
Territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea remained a security challenge despite an improvement in bilateral ties, the Philippine defence chief said.
A British warship will sail through the South China Sea next month to assert freedom-of-navigation rights, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said in remarks published.
Cooperation in defence, security an energy among other areas came up for discussion during a bilateral meeting Modi held with Sultan of Brunei.
China has “reasonably” expanded its islands in the disputed South China Sea and this yr construction projects there including radar facilities covered about 290,000 sqm.
Led by US, the Trans Pacific Partnership was signed by Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam.