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Q. Australian PM’s visit: Discuss about Australian Prime Minister’s visit to India.
Apr 12, 2017 Related to : GS Paper-2

Ans :

Introduction-

Recently the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s made his maiden visit to India and during his visit both countries focused on re-energising the bilateral relationship. Like India, the Australian government focussed on strengthening Australia’s neighbourhood policy that is why the India-Australia ties have been on something of an autopilot.

Importance of Australian PM’s visit-

  • The Australian PM’s visit to India is an attempt to change gears, especially in the context of China’s aggressive pitch to step into the void created by the new US administration’s withdrawal from active engagement across the Pacific.
  • The joint statement issued by both countries underscores the mutual benefits of strong bilateral relations. Both countries have signed six important agreements, which reflect the changing global relations. 
  • The joint statement issued seeks a secure and rule-based Indo-Pacific region, ensuring maritime security and safety of sea lanes, lines of communications and resolving maritime disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law, a snub to China, declared to be in violation of the Law of the Seas. 
  • Similarly both countries focussed on terrorism, defence and security cooperation, cyber security, civil aviation security, education and energy, particularly sale of uranium.
  • Both countries emphasized the trilateral cooperation among Australia, Japan and India is welcome. The Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement lost steam, but continues on the agenda, though on the back-burner. 
  • Overall the recent visit of Australian Prime Minister set an opportunity to step up economic engagement, stress its vantage point in the Indo-Pacific region, besides the importance of dealing with a democratic nation at a time of global flux.

Conclusion-

India and Australia shares strong bound since long time despite some racial related issues. The recent visit of Australian PM has underscores this relationship and emphasized its importance in contemporary scenario. Both countries agreed on many aspects both bilateral as well as on global matters. It enhanced the bilateral relationship further towards strong economical as well as political ends.


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