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This terminology has also entered the Indian lexicon. There may be nuances between us regarding where this strategic arc begins and ends, but broadly speaking, we share a similar view of the whole. There are also a growing number of non-traditional and transboundary security challenges, including terrorism, natural disasters and pandemics.
Given our strategic alignment, India and Australia are well-placed to work together on challenges in the Indian Ocean region. It will be important to build and strengthen institutions and norms in the region which can help manage tensions. There has been an ongoing discussion in recent years of various proposals for regional security architecture.
Broadly speaking, there have been two schools of thought: Some countries have also argued that this is not a binary choice. The ten member states of ASEAN have been critical to building a strong, dynamic and resilient regional community.
Its members account for 55 per cent of global GDP and over half the global population.
And it includes all the major powers in the Indo-Pacific region. A core objective of the EAS should be to promote consultation across the region. Consultation might not resolve problems but it can make the search for solutions easier and diminish the risk of miscommunication and miscalculation.
Australia welcomed this development and is keen to work with others to further strengthen the EAS as an institution. The ruling handed down by the Arbitral Tribunal on Tuesday was very clear. China has, as foreshadowed, rejected the jurisdiction of the Tribunal and claimed the award is null and void. Looking ahead, we hope that all claimants take this opportunity to re-engage in dialogue based on greater clarity of maritime rights, and bring their claims into line with international law.
Like India and many others, we will watch with great interest how the Philippines and China respond to the outcome. This arbitration is a test case for how our region can manage disputes peacefully, in accordance with international law. Australia-India Bilateral Relationship Given this strategic context, a strong Australia-India bilateral partnership is more important than ever.
Australia has placed India at the forefront of its international relationships. Our relationship has been on an upwards trajectory since it was elevated to a Strategic Partnership in The two-way Prime Ministerial visits in was a milestone, setting out an ambitious forward agenda. So was a year of implementation. Last year we saw new or expanded maritime, cyber, terrorism and transnational crime dialogues.
There was an inaugural trilateral dialogue with Japan. Our civil nuclear cooperation agreement entered into force, enabling the export of uranium to India. A suite of MOUs were signed on economic policy, VET skills, sports, tourism, water, tertiary education and the environment.
And our people got to know and understand each other better through a series of cultural events that took place in our countries, including the exhibition of Ramayana Miniatures in Australia and the Australian World Orchestra tour of India.
Where to from here? Looking at all this activity, and as the incoming High Commissioner, I have asked myself where I should take the relationship. Broadly, my priorities fall into two areas: First, I am focusing on the new bilateral architecture.
By this I mean building habits of cooperation, identifying practical areas for cooperation and taking the projects and programs already in train through to their conclusion.
It is no use having lots of dialogue if nothing concrete comes out of it. Second, I am keen to expand the relationship in areas where it is underdone. The depth and scale of our relationship does not yet match the potential of both our countries.
This is particularly so in the economic relationship. There has been a steady growth in two-way trade and investment, but we could go much further. Challenges remain in doing business in India, including protectionist policies and inadequate infrastructure. The Australian Government provides advice on doing business in India through the Austrade website.
The bi-monthly Business Envoy publication offers perspectives and insights on the economic and market impacts of geopolitical events and trends from Australia's global diplomatic network.
A special edition on India was released in March See the latest economic facts on our economic relationship with India here. Bilateral relationship Australia and India established diplomatic relations in the pre-Independence period, when the Consulate General of India was first opened as a Trade Office in Sydney in India's first High Commissioner to Australia arrived in Canberra in Australia has placed India at the forefront of its international partnerships.
Two-way Prime Ministerial visits in have been followed by regular leaders' meetings. Development of the Strategy will involve extensive consultations and a public submission process — please contact IndiaEconomicStrategy dfat. An introduction to the Strategy is available here.
Major Australian exports to India in included coal, education-related travel, vegetables and gold. Major imports from India were refined petroleum, personal travel excluding education services, business services, medicaments, and pearls and gems.
This represents significant growth on investment levels a decade ago. Australian business is well placed to realise opportunities as India modernises its economy. This is both in areas of traditional strength like resources, agriculture and education, as well as in innovation, skills and technology transfer. In1, Australian businesses were exporting to India according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Australia is committed to concluding a high-quality, commercially meaningful Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with India, and engagement is ongoing. There is Indian interest in investing in the Australian energy and resources sector and advanced manufacturing, services and technology AMST capability. India's infrastructure and energy needs provide opportunities to grow trade and investment in resources.
Demand for Australian energy commodities, including LNG, coal and uranium, and Australian expertise in mining equipment, technology and services METS is expected to increase. Over 60, Indians studied in Australia in — an increase of Governmental and institutional cooperation is helping forge new opportunities, for example through the Australia-India Ministerial Dialogue on Education Cooperation and the Australia India Education Council.
A growing knowledge-based partnership between Australia and India offers opportunities in areas like science and innovation, health, water management and sport. Tourist flows between Australia and India continue to grow.India Australia Relations
India is Australia's ninth largest market for inbound visitor arrivals with nearlyIndians visiting Australia inup This is forecast to reachby Australians are also increasingly visiting India. The number of Australian tourists in India has increased by almost 10 per cent annually over the last three years. The Australia-India Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Tourism encourages cooperation between tourism stakeholders in both countries.
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The Australia—India CEO Forum and Australia Business Week in India are mechanisms for business from both countries to engage directly on ways to build the bilateral trade and investment relationship. During his April visit, Prime Minister Turnbull announced that the second Australia Business Week in India would take place in the second half of Businesses can express interest in participating in ministerial-led business missions here.
Australia provides support to India through our regional aid investments, including supporting increased regional connectivity and increased water, food and energy security in South Asia. More information on the regional aid program is available here. Bilateral architecture and high-level visits In addition to regular leaders' meetings, Australian and Indian Foreign Ministers meet annually for the Foreign Ministers' Framework Dialogue, alternately held in Australia and India.
The Dialogue is an important mechanism for advancing the ambitious bilateral agenda. Australia—India Joint Ministerial Commission meetings provide a forum for Trade Ministers to identify opportunities and address challenges in the economic relationship. This is complemented by ministerial engagement in sector-focused working groups, including on energy and education.
Australian and Defence Ministers also meet regularly. Prime Ministerial meetings since They met again in September at the G20 Summit in China.
Prime Minister Modi paid an official visit to Australia in November The last Dialogue was held in Canberra in February Australia is the second largest donor to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, where surviving leaders of the former Khmer Rouge regime are being tried. Australian investor interest in Cambodia continues to grow, including in the banking, infrastructure, mining and agribusiness sectors. Brunei Darussalam Australia and Brunei Darussalam enjoy a constructive relationship with growing links in the fields of security, education and trade.
Bilateral defence and security co-operation is enhanced by memoranda of understanding on co-operation in terrorism and transnational crime. Laos Australia and Laos will celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations in The diverse relationship between the two countries is complemented by regular high-level official visits and growing non-government links.
Economic ties are characterised by significant Australian investment in the Lao mining sector, and will further deepen as the Lao economy continues to grow strongly. Burma Australia engages actively with the international community on policy approaches to Burma, including voicing concerns on human rights and democratic reform.
The government identified a range of strategies to help support the reform process in Burma. Australia continues to lead the International Stabilisation Force ISF which helped restore stability after unrest in mid Australia engages actively in bilateral and regional initiatives throughout the region and continues to enhance its long-standing partnership with New Zealand.
New Zealand Australia and New Zealand share a close and diverse relationship, underpinned by extensive and high-level government-to-government interaction and strong business and other non-government links. Non-government contact between the two countries is extensive. Australia has a strong interest in Papua New Guinea's sustainable development and stability. The presence of approximately 10, Australians in Papua New Guinea is also of significant interest to the government.
A key focus of Australian investment in PNG is the resources sector, particularly gold, oil and gas. Australia maintains strong relations with PNG through regular high-level talks and visits. The Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum, held in Canberra in Octoberunderlined the increasing importance of economic co-operation in the evolving bilateral relationship. At the forum, Australia and PNG agreed to begin negotiations on an economic co-operation treaty to replace the existing development co-operation treaty.
Pacific islands Australia values its close historical, political, economic and community links with countries and territories in the Pacific. Australia is playing an active role in the region in support of economic growth, sustainable development, good governance and stability. Australia is a founding member and major donor to a number of key regional organisations in the Pacific. The 42nd Forum meeting, marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Forum, was held in Auckland in September In recognition of the strong progress made by RAMSI in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, the mission's activities are gradually drawing down.
However, the Fiji regime failed to take any credible steps towards holding elections. While the Public Emergency Regulations implemented in April were lifted on 7 JanuaryFiji continued to be ruled by decree.
The decline of the Fiji economy and the upsurge in human rights abuses perpetrated by the regime — particularly targeting churches, trade unions and opposition groups — highlight the importance of Fiji returning to democracy and the rule of law.
These Partnerships provide a framework for achieving progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. Australia also signed Partnerships for Security with Samoa and Kiribati.
Australia supported democratic reforms in Tonga that led to the election of a new, more democratic, Parliament. The bilateral relationship with India is a priority for Australia. India Australia has placed India in the front rank of its international partnerships and is engaging with India on a long-term, strategic basis.
The bilateral relationship has been strengthened through the Australia-India Strategic Partnership, agreed by prime ministers in November Annual high-level exchanges take place between Australian and Indian foreign and trade ministers. Between January and Decemberthere were 24 ministerial-level visits from India to Australia and 30 ministerial-level visits from Australia to India.
The economic relationship has grown steadily in recent years and has the potential to increase considerably as India's economic expansion continues.
The Australia-India Council, established to broaden and deepen bilateral contacts and understanding, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Its work in —11 focused on education, science, technology, environment, social initiatives, public policy and the arts.
Afghanistan The Australian Government is committed to international efforts to stabilise Afghanistan and to seeking to ensure that international terrorist groups are denied safe haven there. In andAustralia expanded its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan both in Kabul and southern Afghanistan.
Since AugustAustralia has led the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan, which works with local governments to support reconstruction and development and to prepare Afghan authorities to assume these roles by the end of Inthere were approximately 1, Australian Defence Force members engaged in security and stabilisation efforts in Afghanistan including training and mentoringwith over two-thirds of these in Uruzgan Province.
South Asia Australia is a long-standing friend of South Asia and delivered a significant humanitarian response to the and floods in Pakistan.
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Bangladesh is also an important economic, counter-terrorism and security partner for Australia. Australia provided support for post-conflict stabilisation in Sri Lanka and continues to support human rights and political reconciliation.
Australia supported efforts in Nepal to urge political parties to keep the peace process on track and address human rights concerns. In response to the political upheaval across the region, Australia actively called for leaders to avoid violence and respect human rights and the right to protest. Australia was active in international efforts to resolve the conflict in Libya. Australia also provided early, targeted and practical support for the democratic and economic transition processes underway in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya through technical support and assistance packages, which focused on electoral reform and enhancing agricultural productivity and food security.
This Memorandum provides a framework for Australia to enhance its engagement with the League and its member states in a range of areas, including trade, political and cultural spheres.
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Australia also supported national reconciliation and political dialogue in Bahrain and Yemen. Australia continued to work with the international community to place pressure on Iran in response to Iran's continuing non-compliance with United Nations Security Council UNSC resolutions on its nuclear program.
Australia maintained its commitment to a negotiated solution of the Iran nuclear issue.