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Why AUKUS is good for India
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Why AUKUS is good for India

Just days ahead of the first Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) between India, the United States, Japan, and Australia, US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia dropped a bombshell with the announcement of another alphabet soup of acronym named AUKUS. The formation of […]

US, Britain, Australia Nuclear submarine deal – Reshaping Indo-Pacific relations
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US, Britain, Australia Nuclear submarine deal – Reshaping Indo-Pacific relations

The U.S., Britain and Australia have announced they are forming a new security alliance to counter the rise of China in the Pacific. The new alliance will help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines and reshape relations in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Japan, Taiwan and Australia have been concerned about China’s aggressive actions in the […]

India and Australia agree to share low-emissions technology, hydrogen development and low-cost solar programs
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India and Australia agree to share low-emissions technology, hydrogen development and low-cost solar programs

Addressing the press in Washington D.C., Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters “Unless we can get the technology transformation occurring in developing countries, then I fear that the ambitions that so many have for addressing climate change will be frustrated. If we want to make a difference on climate change, we’ve got to make […]

Over 10 million Australians ordered into snap-lockdowns as Corona virus cases rises across country
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Over 10 million Australians ordered into snap-lockdowns as Corona virus cases rises across country

Several Australian cities are going for snap lockdowns after reporting a spike in the number of Covid19 cases. Brisbane went in for a 3-day snap lockdown, starting June 29. Similar measures were imposed in Sydney, Perth and Darwin in recent days. Brisbane, surrounding coastal regions and the small northern city of Townsville are also subject […]

Japan and Australia Team up to counter unilateral attitude of China: Should India sign similar Reciprocal Access Agreements?
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Japan and Australia Team up to counter unilateral attitude of China: Should India sign similar Reciprocal Access Agreements?

China has created unrest in the world due to its authoritarian military dictatorship and unilateral actions. It has directly attacked, threatened and ordered its neighbors and has changed land, air and water boundaries unilaterally. It has neither accepted international conventions nor respects international freedom of navigation.  Every neighbor of China feels threatened by its acts. […]

China-Australia ties hit a new low: China suspends high-level economic dialogue with Australia indefinitely
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China-Australia ties hit a new low: China suspends high-level economic dialogue with Australia indefinitely

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said all activities under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue had been ‘indefinitely suspended’. The decision is based ‘on the current attitude of the Australian Commonwealth government toward China-Australia cooperation’, it said. “Recently, some Australian Commonwealth government officials launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and […]

Australia scrapped Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China. Here’s why?
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Australia scrapped Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China. Here’s why?

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has scrapped the controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) deal between China and the state of Victoria, calling it “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy”. The Morrison government’s decision to scrap Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China was based on Australia’s new Foreign Relations Act, which says the […]

Australia – China Trade War: No talks with preconditions, says PM Scott Morrison
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Australia – China Trade War: No talks with preconditions, says PM Scott Morrison

Australian PM Scott Morrison seems to have taken a strong willed stance against China. He said that he will refuse to meet his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, if Beijing demands for concessions before talks begin. His statement comes as the two countries are involved in a trade war with China slapping trade sanctions on a number of Australian products.

Google blocks local news content in Australia; Government urges Google to focus on paying for content instead of blocking it
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Google blocks local news content in Australia; Government urges Google to focus on paying for content instead of blocking it

Google has blocked several Australian news sites from its search results, in a move that is being interpreted as a response to the Australian Government attempting to make the tech giant pay for original news content.
The move by Google came as a Senate committee is reviewing legislation that would force Google and Facebook to negotiate with Australian news media companies for a fair price for displaying local news content.
In early December 2020, the Australian Government tabled legislation that will force Google and Facebook to pay news organisations for access to their journalism.
Experts on media regulation say though Google was trying to downplay the significance of the move, it was clearly “throwing its weight around”.