Realising the Indo-Pacific: Tasks for India's Regional Integration
By Reginald Ramos from Perth USAsia Centre | 21 Sep 2017
The Perth USAsia Centre and the Department of Foreign Affairs WA hosted Ms Harinder Sidhu, Australia's High Commissioner to India at The University of Western Australia to launch the Perth USAsia Centre's latest publication, Realising the Indo-Pacific: Tasks for India's Regional Integration.
- The story of India today is the story of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Today the BJP controls 17 of 29 states, in comparison to controlling only five states in 2000. Prime Minister Modi has set ambitious goals and driving the agenda through the Indian bureaucracy on sectors like GST, renewable energy and foreign policy.
- Without India, the concept of the Indo-Pacific ceases to exist. The concept of the Indo-Pacific has been integral for Australia to bring India into its strategic frame, while it has also increasingly been embraced in India to articulate its foreign policy vision.
- India is increasingly open to work closely with Australia. The Australia - India relationship has improved significantly in the past few years. This has been evident with the first bilateral naval exercise conducted in June 2017 off the coast of Western Australia, as well as the recently announced Australia's India Economic Strategy which reflects Australia's embracing vision for the future of India.
- There is flexibility for deeper India and Australia literacy. India sees Australia as a country which is friendly and shares their passion for cricket, however, there is an opportunity in the future to develop a textured and deeper understanding of each other. With one million Indians entering the workforce every month, Australia has an opportunity to push for a deeper relationship with India while offering expertise in areas such as agriculture, food security and energy.
From Australia's perspective, it's been a very important construct conceptually to allow us to bring India into our strategic frame... What's pleasing to see is that India is also taking on the Indo-Pacific construct and is looking at it as a way of articulating its foreign policy objectives and goals...
- Australia's High Commissioner to India, Her Excellency Ms Harinder Sidhu
Reginald Ramos is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre.
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