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Understanding AUKUS: The Submarine Deal, Restraining China and Geopolitical Implications
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Understanding AUKUS: The Submarine Deal, Restraining China and Geopolitical Implications

Despite its indifference towards AUKUS, India will welcome the arrangement to support a free and open Indo-Pacific in light of the increasingly assertive attitude of China in the region. India’s concerns regarding "encirclement" by China may also be partially mitigated by AUKUS. The unparalleled rise of China has been one of the most notable geopolitical phenomena. It espouses greater ambitions, and under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, a newly assertive China is pursuing a sophisticated strategy that exploits all elements of state power to strengthen its position in the world. Across much of the Indo-Pacific region, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using military and economic coercion to bully its neighbours. This predatory conduct increases the risk of conflict. Ev...
India & Australia – Enhancing Relations at the time of Geopolitical upheavals
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India & Australia – Enhancing Relations at the time of Geopolitical upheavals

India and Australia have commercial ties dating back to the 18th century when India played a central role in nourishing the young colony. Trade with Australia came to be an important element in the operations of the East India Company in Bengal. For the next half-century, Australia’s most immediate and direct links were with India rather than London, as bureaucrats, merchants, chaplains, and judges moved between the two colonies. India was an important source of food and provisions for Australia; by 1840 a ship was leaving Sydney for India roughly every four days, and merchants in Calcutta grew rich from supplying the new outpost. At the beginning of the 19th century, several British colonial families from India made a life for themselves in the new Australian colonies. Australi...
FTAs, free for all?
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FTAs, free for all?

Free trade agreements with Japan and South Korea have not worked in India’s favour. Will the deals with Australia and UAE deliver? After Canberra ratified the India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (IndAus ECTA) on Tuesday there was a huge sense of achievement that overtook the establishment and media outlets. While the fine print was still hazy given that the second phase of the deal was yet to be concluded, duty cuts and liberalized visa regimes were touted as a big deal for the Indian side. There’s no denying that bilateral trade deals are here to stay given that multi-lateral negotiations at forums like World Trade Organization have come to a virtual standstill, and limited trade and investment blocks take a long time to get going. Taking bilateral tr...
2022 QUAD summit – Agenda, Intent, and Future goals
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2022 QUAD summit – Agenda, Intent, and Future goals

The US is going with QUAD and the countries in the region to ensure that its supply chain in critical technologies remains intact. PM Modi's visit has ensured that India can solicit the technologies it needs without depending on any one country.India and other democratic countries cannot afford to simply watch Chinese advances in the South China Sea, weaponizing artificial islands, changing rules-based order or taking over other nations unilaterally. International Politics is seeing a fundamental change today after the end of the Unipolar world. Former US President Donald Trump's 'America First' and inward looking policy made the world vulnerable. Further, absence of a rules-based world order, threat in the South China Sea, control of key resources and supply chains,...
Trade war fallout? Australia demands China’s apology for derogatory Tweet by its spokesman over its soldiers
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Trade war fallout? Australia demands China’s apology for derogatory Tweet by its spokesman over its soldiers

Australia's shadowboxing with China has now ended up with a fight on social media. China's relationship with Australia has deteriorated since the latter called for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. China, which did not take it lightly, indulged in a trade war with Australia. Several Australian parliamentarians have blamed China for interfering in its internal affairs and for trying to influence the decisions of the government through covert means. Now the shadow war is out in the open and has resulted in the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman targeting Australia through a derogatory tweet. On November 30th, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian shared a photoshopped image which showed an Australian soldier holding a knife to an Afghan c...
Convicted Islamic terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika stripped of his Australian citizenship
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Convicted Islamic terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika stripped of his Australian citizenship

Islamic terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika convicted of being involved in terrorist attacks in Australia has been stripped of his citizenship, as per Australian news reports. He is slated to be released from the Victorian prison where he was imprisoned since 2008. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton confirmed the news that Australian passport of the terrorist cancelled on November 20. "If it's a person who's posing a significant terrorist threat to our country, then we'll do whatever is possible within Australian law to protect Australians," Mr Dutton told reporters in Brisbane. Under Australian law, the government can only strip people of citizenship if they are dual citizens, ensuring they will not be left stateless. The Algerian-born Abdul Nacer Benbrika, who has lived in Australi...