While relations between Australia and India have advanced impressively over the past decade, the ties between these two democracies have continued to fall short of their great potential.
This state of affairs provided the background for a major dialogue held in Sydney in late 2011. The Lowy Institute for International Policy and the Public Diplomacy Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs are proud to release the summary of proceedings and outcomes report for the latest Australia-India Roundtable, the most substantial informal dialogue yet held between the two countries. The dialogue was supported by the Australia-India Council.
- Amid a time of dramatic strategic and economic change, Australia and India need closely to coordinate their diplomacy and policies to protect and advance common strategic interests in their shared Indo-Pacific region.
- Enhanced Australia-India defence, maritime and security ties should be embedded in a wider regional diplomatic architecture that takes account of and builds on the two countries’ ties with other key partners. Practical maritime cooperation should take place in areas like humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and oceanography.
- Energy security will be central to the bilateral trade and investment relationship. Recent growth in mining investment in both directions, such as major Indian coal mining and infrastructure investments in Australia, is a positive sign.