India parks patrol aircraft in Australia as the two countries seek a closer relationship

India will deploy maritime patrol aircraft in Australia as hostility concerns continue in the Indo-Pacific region. This is part of a larger package that the Australian Government promises to develop a relationship of around A $ 200 million (US $ 147 million). ..

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met virtually on March 21 to discuss close relationships between sectors such as trade, clean technology, space, culture, defense and the Indo-Pacific.

The Australian Prime Minister did not state the need for the two countries to hold “Russia to explain” the invasion of Ukraine, according to a statement released after the meeting, but instead “equal liberal democracy”. It was solved by the increase of “cooperation between”. Indo-Pacific region.

Unlike other quad countries (US, Japan, Australia), India has hesitated to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine in a broader relationship dating back to the Soviet era, including arms procurement.

In fact, quad membership has responded to ongoing attacks from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including border clashes between Chinese and Indian troops.

The Australian Government recognizes the need to take a patient approach to developing relations with India, and free trade negotiations are in Year.

In the latest transaction, Australia will invest $ 17.9 million in a new Australian and Indian innovation network to strengthen cooperation on trade standards and skills. Established Consul General in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. $ 35.7 million for “Green Steel” research. $ 25.2 million to expand the Australian Space Agency. And $ 17.2 million to the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.

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A man wearing a face mask watch on a monitor where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a bilateral virtual summit at his office in New Delhi on June 4, 2020. (Prakash Singh / AFP via Getty Images)

The two governments have pledged to increase mobility between the two countries for $ 20.8 million workers and students to support scholarships, fellowships, and grants.

Locally, the Australian Government will invest $ 28.1 million in relational centers in Australia and India to strengthen its ties with more than 700,000 Indian diasporas in the country.

On the defensive side, India will deploy maritime patrol aircraft in Australia to strengthen cooperation on maritime issues. The Australian Government has pledged $ 11.4 million to improve collaboration on shipping, disaster resilience and information sharing.

As part of the investment in the region, a new high-value committee will be established in the Maldives.

“But our comprehensive strategic partnership reflects the ambitions we share, and we hold our relationship, and since we broke it in 2020, that The pace and scale of cooperation is noteworthy, “said Prime Minister Morrison. “But, as you know, I am ambitious to bring it closer, especially when it comes to our economic cooperation. It hopes we can move further today.”

Prime Minister Modi said there are more areas of “practical cooperation” between Australia and India.

“For example, important minerals, water management, new renewable energy and technology, COVID-19 related research, and our collaboration are progressing at a fast pace in all these areas,” he said. ..

“We welcome the announcement that the Center of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technologies has been established in Bangalore. It is imperative to build better partnerships between us in the areas of cyber technologies and key emerging technologies. As a country that shares similar values, it is our responsibility to adopt appropriate global standards for these emerging technologies. “

Daniel Y. Ten


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