Modi-Morrison summit A push to security dialogue

Modi-Morrison summit today came as a push to security dialogue between India and Australia. In the wake when China is seen as threatening the entire world, intimidating all its neighbors, threatening countries with predatory loans, and all sort of tactics to destabilize other countries, new alignments are taking place. Though the push to security dialogue between India and Australia is not overtly China specific, but it has great significance.

Modi-Morrison summit A push to security dialogue
Modi-Morrison summit A push to security dialogue

China’s broader strategy of encirclement established dialogue to revitalize significant geopolitical shifts in the Asia Pacific region. India and Australia holds bilateral virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Australian premier, Scott Morrison as diplomatic effort over connectivity and defence in South China Sea likely to be strategic co-operation. Anurag Srivastava of MEA, India linked the summit by a shared vision connected by the Indian Ocean.

China has aggressively encroached South China Sea and its tectonic shift in maritime strategy pushes India’s diplomatic ties with Australia. India’s growing economy needs Australia’s rich natural resources. Australia has huge reservoirs of technological research, strategic partnership with Indonesia, political connections with ASEAN, and 13th largest economy in the world. The three decades gap in India and Australia political engagement allowed China to transform its relationship with Australia. The Indian diaspora is fastest growing in Australia.

India is committed to strengthening its relations with Australia. Thanks to new political will in Delhi several agreements are expected to be signed during the summit on June 4. Both leaders have met four times in last 18 months. The East Asia Summit , Singapore 2018, G-20 Osaka June 2019, G7 summit in Biarritz August 2019 or East Asia Summit Bangkok, November 2019 shows how both the government shows far-sightedness in bilateral relations.

Beijing has tried to weaken India’s alignment and has become threat to South Pacific. Chinese assertiveness reduced Canberra’s sphere of influence. China’s Maritime strategy (Maritime Silk Road) fears India and Japan as well as it could derail energy shipments across East Asia . So far Quadrilateral nations are struggling to invent a viable economic alternative to MSR. India concerns over China’s territorial sovereignty with development of Gwadar port and silk route passing through Kashmir valley. In meantime China has become Australia’s largest trading partner.

Indian PM Modi’s scheduled visit to Australia could not happen due to corona virus pandemic. The bilateral virtual summit has raised the level of ambition to develop strategic coordination in Indian ocean with maritime development at the heart of Indo-Pacific region. The naval cooperation can be expanded from diplomatic level to practical on the ground between Indonesia, Japan, France and Britain as partners of India and Australia. Indian PM Modi must endorse the initiative.

Indo-pacific based maritime security can reduce the degree of Chinese influence. The strong foundation of strategic cooperation will control geo-political imbalance. Exploring possibilities to increase maritime security around individual territorial interests would bring an end to China’s encirclement threat in Indo-pacific South China Sea region.

Strategic thinker Brahma Chellaney with twitter handle @Chellaney tweeted, “The Quad is acquiring strategic content: Australia and India today unveiled their Mutual Logistics Support Arrangement to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and help build military interoperability. India has a similar pact with the U.S. and is set to sign one with Japan.”

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Points to Ponder

The need of hour is to identify the areas where India and Australia are dependent on China for their imports and check if they can replace China with the competency available in their respective countries?

Can the Indian Infrastructure companies replace the Chinese Infrastructure companies and carry out the development work in Australia?

Can India contract with Australia on the technology transfer on certain products that it currently source from China?

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