Australia wants to develop strategic ties with India
Australia is keen to develop strategic partnership and ensure that India becomes a "front-ranking" nation with which it has such ties.
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said her country wants to build defence and security ties with India.
"We understand that energy security is important for India... (But) we have a longstanding position about uranium sales and nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT)," she told PTI in an interview here while explaining why Australia will not supply the nuclear fuel to India.
Australia has taken a position that it will not supply uranium to a country which has not signed NPT.
"We do have this longstanding in-principle position about sale of uranium to non-NPT countries... That is not policy that is focus in relation to India, that is general policy," said Ms. Gillard during her just-concluded visit here.
Australia has refused to give uranium even though it supported grant of waiver to India by the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) last year.
Ms. Gillard, however, said there is good prospect of cooperation between India and Australia on energy security.
"We are a nation that has big coal reserves and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)," Ms. Gillard elaborated.
The Australian Deputy Prime Minister said her country wants to develop strategic ties with India and that her visit here was in that context.
Movement on this front could be expected when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd undertakes a visit here in the next few months.
Asked why the quadrilateral format of security cooperation among India, Australia, the US and Japan had
fizzled out, she said "there was no enthusiasm from any of the nations to continue in that particular form" of partnership.
"We want to build direct relations with India, direct friendship with India, to build into a strategic partnership, for India to be in the front-rank of the nations with whom we have strategic partnership and a strong relationship. Our focus is on doing that," said Ms. Gillard.
There have been reports that Australia developed cold feet on the four-nation cooperation after China raised questions over it.
Identifying areas of cooperation, Ms. Gillard said security is one of the key elements which will cover the threat of terrorism also.
Besides free trade, cooperation on issues like climate change, particularly technology and research exchange and education are other sectors in which Australia wants to develop ties.
In the education sector, the two sides have agreed on setting up an annual dialogue.
australia thinks they hold the supreme seat of morality when it comes to nuclear issues.even when india has not signed NPT-it observes it in spirit.australia does not have problem when it comes to china who are known to proliferate and are signatories to NPT.what a paradox!!i think one should just ignore them as neither they matter to india strategically or otherwise.
australia thinks they hold the supreme seat of morality when it comes to nuclear issues.even when india has not signed NPT-it observes it in spirit.australia does not have problem when it comes to china who are known to proliferate and are signatories to NPT.what a paradox!!i think one should just ignore them as neither they matter to india strategically or otherwise. [I]
Differences apart, but when it comes strategic alliance, india should do whatever to increase its surveillance in Indian ocean, and when china is spreading its navy like whale in indian ocean! We cud benefit this alliance as Australia has better relations with Malaysia & Thailand. Even Mr. Antony's visit to maldives fetched nothing. Australia, being part of allied power cud provide logistics from USA n others to Indian navy in the war time
In international affairs, you avoid equality. only things that matter you are performed. Take FBI, they dont used to share info, but post 26/11, they not only share info but provide proper source n details as well-that mutual need
Aus n Ind are in same dillema, no country cud be friends or foes for long period
Australian policies are china infested/infected don't run your horses guys.The perception is(prove me wrong) 'Australia cannot survive without china'.
I was reading SMH today with an article of same strategic/military partnership with china. Australia means business(fair enough) but if one thinks Indians can pursue Australians on any thing like chines does then we are dreaming.
Slow march with China
GIVEN the deep chill that has settled over the Chinese-Australian relationship in recent months, prospects of a thaw seem more likely to be advanced by cautious steps than by rhetorical declarations or grand gestures. Last week's proposal by the head of the US Pacific Command, Timothy Keating, and the Australian Defence Force chief, Angus Houston, seems like a promising start. They agreed separately to invite China's Ministry of National Defence to join - initially small - three-nation military exercises. The idea has the virtues of being both modest and practical, and early informal reactions from Beijing suggest China will at least consider it.
Fostering mutual understanding and respect at the military-to-military, officer-to-officer, level emphasising the advantages of co-operative rather than adversarial relationships, could provide diplomatic dividends, enhancing regional stability. Wisely, Keating and Houston have proposed that, in the early stages, joint exercises should be restricted to dealing with such relatively uncontroversial challenges as natural disaster relief, other humanitarian crises and, perhaps later, piracy at sea and officer exchanges. As to the potential sensitivities of other regional powers, notably India and Japan, regarding such a tri-nation arrangement, Keating sensibly suggests they could be invited to send observers to the exercises, or to participate.
While joint military exercises involving the US and China would be unprecedented, Australia already has experience of working with the Chinese military having, with New Zealand, held joint naval search-and-rescue exercises in 2007. Now seems a good time to try to build on that foundation. There have been faults on both sides: tactless wording in a passage on China in the Rudd Government's Defence white paper, the perceived snub of the Chinese ambassador to London by Kevin Rudd, the messy matter of Chinalco's failed bid for Rio Tinto, the subsequent incarceration of the Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu, China's clumsy over-reaction to the visit here of the Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer. China and Australia need to put these nagging grievances behind them.
True, there will always be tensions between a hugely populous, emerging superpower wed to an authoritarian, single-party model of government and a middle-ranking, capitalist democracy like Australia. This is one reason Rudd's ambition for an Asia-Pacific Community, however admirable the concept, remains problematic. But ideological, historic and demographic differences should not prevent Beijing and Canberra from maintaining a mutually beneficial, constructive and robust relationship based on their complementary economies and shared interest in regional peace and stability. Improved military co-operation would be a useful step on that path.
Australia has made it's choice now they will have to live with it, when China claims that some chinese got lost and found Australia 1000 years ago, so it belongs to China they may have a change of heart? Funny as it sounds to think Chinese don't have an eye on mineral rich, and sparsly populated Australia is being naieve no matter how much buisness both do.
things have changed a bit too fast for sure, from a near us centric country which then was termed as a front line ally of the us has done a kind of “u” turn, to the extent they have been literally threatened by the us to put in more soldiers in a'satn, something unheard of in the past, but then if we look from a long term perspective, i will be obliged to say, rightfully so, because if all goes well, though one can never be certain of the future, the world for sure will move to a multi polar world where the two emerging asians giants (the prc and india) will take center stage along with the us and may be russia, and if the australians are realigning their relationships in tune with their long term interests then so be it.
it is not only the australians who are doing it, the world right across is doing it, and in case of australia, they would certainly not like a hostile neighbor in the form of the prc which has the ability to be a hyper power in future, on the contrary, if they sustain good relations with the prc and not fall for ”you are either with us or against us“, then they surely are there to benefit from the economic prosperity of the prc and of all such countries which will make a claim to be a part of such emerging multi polar world.
the prc is way ahead in terms of the clout it holds today, both politically and economically, so it gets but obvious for the australians to make themselves more aligned towards the chinese than us, but that does not certainly mean that we will be of no interest to the australians, on the contrary, a decade from today, australia would want some very good relations with us as well for the cost of missing out on india in terms of economics would be huge and i am assuming by then indian diplomacy would have got more proactive in pursuing india's interests, so that would again be another added advantage. today, being in india's fold gets them nothing, in fact what is india's fold, are we not a non-aligned country, and our diplomacy hardly visible on the international stage, so what real benefits are we to offer them over the prc for which they will be all floored for us.
i think gone are the days of with us or against us, so lets not be preoccupied by such thoughts anymore.
Melbourne, Sept 10 (PTI) Australian government is said to be on a global 'diplomatic' campaign to make its presence felt in the emerging world, with its leaders trotting the globe to forge new relations and strengthen links with countries including India, China and those of Latin America.
According to 'The Australian' report, the campaign is a move that comes as the international body designated to deal the global financial crunch, the G20 group evolves into a new summit to deal with broader issues such as climate change and security.
Australia is a founding member of the G20, which originally comprised finance ministers and central bankers from 19 countries and the European Union, but it wants to lock into any new grouping that will be vital for future international negotiations, the report said.