Australian Defence Minister to visit India

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    Australian Defence Minister to visit India


    MELBOURNE, December 6, 2011

    Aiming to strengthen military ties with New Delhi, Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith will visit India to discuss defence and security cooperation.

    During the visit, starting today, Smith is expected to conduct the Defence Ministers’ Dialogue with Indian counterpart A.K. Antony in New Delhi.

    The Defence Ministers’ Dialogue will involve discussions on shared strategic and security interests, including maritime security, cooperation in the Indian Ocean, and regional security.

    Mr. Smith will also visit Mumbai during his trip.

    “I leave Australia today for India where I will visit New Delhi and Mumbai,” he said in an official statement. This will be my fourth visit to India as a Minister in the Australian Government but my first visit as Minister for Defence,” he said.

    Mr. Smith, who has favoured uranium exports to India, said, “I will discuss opportunities to expand defence cooperation activities that build on the 2009 Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation.”

    “Under the Declaration, Australia and India affirmed our shared desire to promote regional and global security, as well as our common commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” he added.

    “Australia is committed to deepening bilateral relations with India, and strengthening defence and security cooperation. Australia is a member the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), an initiative of the Indian Navy. Australia will host the IONS Conclave of Chiefs in Perth in 2014,” he said.

    In Mumbai, Mr. Smith will visit the Western Naval Command and the Victoria Dockyard and is expected to address the Asia Society India Centre on building the Strategic Partnership between Australia and India, the statement said.

    Strategic ties between India and Australia have been on a rise in recent past and received a strong boost after the Labor party reversed the ban on uranium exports to India.

    The Hindu : News / National : Australian Defence Minister to visit India
     
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    Things are hotting up.
     
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    Ok, Let the procession start. Send him back with a return ticket dated on the day the first 1000 ton Yellowcake shipment docks at Cochin.
     
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    Not surprising at all. The speed is though. I told in the Uranium sale thread that we should see the Aussies push for defence pact now and that was the only reason why they approved the sale and their defense minister is coming to town.

    I like it. India has played hard ball just like how they have played for so long.
     
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    Guess Australians are taking a cue from rapid diplomatic developments we're having with Vietnam these days. Anyway, good to see that Australian government has come down off its moral high-horse. Now we see some practicality in their politics.
     
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    Or is it Obama who gave a push when he visited Australia?
     
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    Aussies seem to be adamant on ties with us.

    How the establishment reacts will be interesting to see.
     
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    What has that got to do with India- Aussie ties?
     
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    us means us.... not US... where s that facepalm smiley ? :confused:
     
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    1st line is very funny.

    Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged the country's navy to prepare for military combat and advance naval modernisation as part of efforts to safeguard world peace. :rofl:
     
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    Add airforce and army.. world peace forever. :scared2:

    Chinese military talks dont go public until they want to..

    This time around they are playing the Jackie chan game..."look we have kungfu panda and Jet li so, beware everyone"....:lol:
     
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    [TD="align: center"]India and Australia Agree to Step Up Defence Cooperation Progressively

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    [TD]07-December, 2011

    India and Australia held fruitful discussion on Defence Cooperation today with the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony stressing that New Delhi looks forward to developing its exchanges with Australia both at the bilateral and multilateral fora such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) etc.

    Describing the visit of the Australian Defence Minister Mr. Stephen Smith as an important milestone in the evolution of the Indo-Australia Strategic Partnership, Shri Antony said the two countries are important members of the Commonwealth and the Asia-Pacific Region. India and Australia are currently Chair and Vice-Chair of IOR-ARC (Indian Ocean Region Association for Regional Cooperation).

    Mr. Smith is on a three-day visit to India. On his arrival at the South Block, he was warmly received by Shri Antony, the Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma and other senior officials of the Ministry of Defence. A tri-Services Guard of Honour was presented to Mr. Smith.

    During the talks, both sides noted that the bilateral Defence Cooperation activities are gradually strengthening. They noted that the inaugural session of the Defence Policy Talks held in New Delhi in December last year and the ongoing Service-to-Service Staff Talks are important mechanisms for developing constructive and mutually beneficial interactions between the Defence Establishments of both the countries. The two sides also noted that the practice of the respective Navies conducting Passage Exercises (PASSEX) during Naval Ship Visits to each other’s ports have proved to be beneficial and that these should continue. Both Ministers also agreed to examine the possibility of undertaking a full-fledged bilateral Naval Exercise in the future.

    The two Defence Ministers agreed to institute Track 1.5 Dialogues (semi-government level) on Defence Matters between suitable institutions of both sides. Mr. Smith invited Shri Antony to visit Australia next year, which has been accepted by the latter.

    Regional Security issues also came up for discussion at the 40-minute meeting. Both sides agreed that the challenges in the area of Maritime Security like piracy and freedom of navigation are important issues which required concerted efforts of the global community. [/TD]
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    India, Australia Agree To Step Up Defence Cooperation

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    India and Australia held fruitful discussion on Defence Cooperation today with the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony stressing that New Delhi looks forward to developing its exchanges with Australia both at the bilateral and multilateral fora such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) etc.

    Describing the visit of the Australian Defence Minister Mr. Stephen Smith as an important milestone in the evolution of the Indo-Australia Strategic Partnership, Shri Antony said the two countries are important members of the Commonwealth and the Asia-Pacific Region. India and Australia are currently Chair and Vice-Chair of IOR-ARC (Indian Ocean Region Association for Regional Cooperation).

    Mr. Smith is on a three-day visit to India. On his arrival at the South Block, he was warmly received by Shri Antony, the Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma and other senior officials of the Ministry of Defence. A tri-Services Guard of Honour was presented to Mr. Smith.

    During the talks, both sides noted that the bilateral Defence Cooperation activities are gradually strengthening. They noted that the inaugural session of the Defence Policy Talks held in New Delhi in December last year and the ongoing Service-to-Service Staff Talks are important mechanisms for developing constructive and mutually beneficial interactions between the Defence Establishments of both the countries. The two sides also noted that the practice of the respective Navies conducting Passage Exercises (PASSEX) during Naval Ship Visits to each other’s ports have proved to be beneficial and that these should continue. Both Ministers also agreed to examine the possibility of undertaking a full-fledged bilateral Naval Exercise in the future.

    The two Defence Ministers agreed to institute Track 1.5 Dialogues (semi-government level) on Defence Matters between suitable institutions of both sides. Mr. Smith invited Shri Antony to visit Australia next year, which has been accepted by the latter.

    Regional Security issues also came up for discussion at the 40-minute meeting. Both sides agreed that the challenges in the area of Maritime Security like piracy and freedom of navigation are important issues which required concerted efforts of the global community.

    DPR

    Chindits: India, Australia Agree To Step Up Defence Cooperation
     
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    I await the outcome with bated breath!

    China awaits the outcome will deep apprehensions!

    The US, the SE Asian countries and Japan rejoice!
     
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    I wonder what part will Australia have to play apart from supervising Oceania from a PLAN invasion. PLAN will not invade Australia when they have already economically conquered them. Primary resource exporting countries have this vulnerability. Their countries itself become a threat factor.
     
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    India is playing active role in oceania and far east nations, having australian support will just compliment India's effort to get these nations with "precious one vote in uno" for some crucial resolutions.
     

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