Briefing paper

The Australia-India-Japan trilateral needs a post-COVID outlook

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Relations with China World politics International cooperation International relations Indo-Pacific Region
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Australia, India and Japan are three powers whose strategic interests have converged significantly in recent years – yet there remains space to turn shared interests into joint actions. In the face of increased Chinese assertiveness and declining US reliability, the Australia-Japan-India trilateral could play an important regional balancing role post-COVID-19. Opportunities for trilateral coordination include in the strategic domain, regional infrastructure initiatives, the technology space and in regional institutions.

Key points:

  • In the post-COVID-19 order, there will be a need to rebuild disrupted global supply chains, restore strained institutions of global governance, and uphold a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Australia, India and Japan are three powers whose strategic interests have converged significantly in recent years – yet there remains space to turn shared interests into joint actions.
  • In the face of increased Chinese assertiveness and declining US reliability, the Australia-Japan-India trilateral could play an important regional balancing role post-COVID-19.
  • Opportunities for trilateral coordination include in the strategic domain, regional infrastructure initiatives, the technology space and in regional institutions.
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