ADMM-Plus, which was inaugurated in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010, is an annual meeting that brings together the defence ministers of ten Asean countries, with those of eight "dialogue partners".
"Terrorism anywhere is a threat everywhere", she said.
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She also said that maritime security has been a key concern and countries should resolve maritime disputes peacefully, in accordance with worldwide law.
Sitharaman, who is on her first foreign visit since taking over as Indias first woman defence minister last month, met Vietnams defence minister Gen Ngo Xuan Lich, her Myanmar counterpart Lt General Sein Win and Australias defence minister Marise Payne.
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Taking aim at China's growing penchant for unilateralism, Sitharaman stated: "Nations should resolve maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with global law". Singaporean troops have trained in self-ruled Taiwan, an island China claims as its own, which had been an irritant in ties. "New developments in social media and cyberspace have expanded the threat, as these are exploited by terrorists to develop less visible but lethal ways and means of manipulating minds of the people", she was quoted as saying in an official statement.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had also raised India's concerns over North Korea's nuclear proliferation and demanded that those responsible for it be held accountable. "We fully recognise the role of joint mechanisms with our partners and the role of worldwide and regional forums in fighting this menace", the Defence Minister said. To improve counterterrorism cooperation among ASEAN members, the defense secretary proposed to convene a tabletop exercise to discuss lessons learned from the campaign to defeat ISIS, as well as a workshop on regional terrorist threats at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, she said.
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The partner nations are South Korea, the U.S., China, Japan, Russia, Australia, India and New Zealand.