As the world’s focus shifts from Europe to the Indo-Pacific, the relationship between two of the largest democracies in the region, India and Australia, will assume greater significance.
Recognition of this trend was confirmed, together with a growing convergence of shared geopolitical interests, during Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s visit to India in October 2012. Both countries have tried to overcome irritants in their relationship, such as issues related to the security of Indian students in Australia and the long-awaited agreement on the supply of Australian uranium to India.
They have instead tried to focus on the constants, such as their Key Points As the world’s focus shifts towards the Indo-Pacific, relations between two of the largest democracies in the region, India and Australia, will assume greater significance. The growing convergence of geopolitical interests was underlined by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s visit to India.
Australia needs to continue “Looking West” into the Indian Ocean Region, towards Indonesia and India. Military co-operation between India and Australia could include cooperation in intelligence gathering and participation in counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism operations. Page 2 of 4 common inheritance of a Westminster style of governance and the geopolitical changes produced by the rise of China.