Australia and India seek to deepen ties as Beijing continues to push into the Indian Ocean

Press conference October 11th.

「私たちは共通の関心を持っており、野心を共有しています。それは、私たちの地域が安定し、繁栄し、主権を尊重し、国がどちら側に付くかを選択する必要はなく, to make its own sovereign choices,” Wong said.

“We agree that we must continue to deepen our relationship. Dr. Jaishankar and I have agreed to continue our efforts to expand our relationship, including our diplomatic footprint in each other’s countries. I’m happy for you,” she said.

Beijing sees Indian Ocean as vital to strategic operations

Politico 8 月には、インド洋における中国政府の野心はこれまであまり注目されていなかったが、中国政府は先進的な軍艦を何十隻も建造しており、それはこの地域に向けられているようでHe pointed out that 80% of the world’s maritime trade passes through the region.

「中国の指導者たちはすでに、この地域での軍事的プレゼンスと主要国との外交関係の基礎を築いてきました。 10年以内に、中国はマラッカ海峡からバブ・エル・マンデブ海峡に至る重要It would be possible to establish itself as a dominant naval power in a wide range of waters.

Beijing’s Naval Buildup for Western Allies

2021 report (pdf) According to the US government, China estimates that by 2030, China can build 67 new major surface combatants and 12 new nuclear submarines.

This concerns the United States and its allies, as another Pentagon report (pdfIf China establishes its military superiority in the Indian Ocean, it would allow Beijing to threaten maritime trade routes and even block U.S. forces from passing through the region in the event of a conflict in Asia. There is

“With an unsupervised fleet capable of exercising control in the Indian Ocean, even for legitimate purposes of protecting trade and investment, China will be able to exercise military and economic control, as it has done in the South China Sea for years. It could potentially intimidate nations: Bangladesh, Maldives and Indonesia,” Lalwani wrote. “You may engage in dangerous behavior near ships or aircraft, harass merchant or naval vessels, or enter the waters or airspace of another country.”

Commenting on the growing threat, Jaishankar told journalists on October 10 that he believed a naval presence that would enhance and provide security in the region would contribute to prosperity.

He also pointed out that it is important for each country to consider the intentions and actions of other countries’ military forces.

“When I look at our own Navy, it has developed a reputation in recent years for being a first responder besides ensuring national security. When natural disasters strike, when COVID issues strike. , we were available when different countries were in different kinds of difficulties, ”he said.

“So I think a lot of it is really about what is the intention, what is the message, what are the characteristics of the behavior, how transparent have you been? I think the country is also a factor in evaluating other countries’ naval presence.”

Victoria Kelly-Clark


Victoria Kelly-Clark is an Australia-based reporter focusing on the national politics and geopolitical environment in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Central Asia.