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Australia’s defence boost to counter rising Chinese power in the Indo-Pacific region

Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses the media. Photo: Facebook Live

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 July 2020: The reason behind Australia’s decision to strengthen its defense spending, with $ 270 billion including acquiring $ 800 m worth AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles from the United States, Dr. Pradeep Taneja, Deputy Head of Social & Political Sciences, Melbourne University says is to counter, “The shifting balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region because of the rising power of China and it asserting it. And being the second biggest military power in the world.”

Another factor, Pradeep feels, “is Australia asserting independence by being self-reliant in defense matters, while maintaining its strategic alliance with the United States.”

In the 2020 Defence Strategic Update, announced today, the Morrison Government signals a key change in Australia’s defense posture, as it prioritizes the Indo-Pacific region.
The update provides a new plan to tackle Australia’s defense challenges while increasing investment and personnel across the entire Australian Defence Force.

The announcement comes amidst the recent tensions between Australia and China, its largest trading partner. Australia’s COVID-19 international inquiry support, China increasing tariffs on imports of Australian Barley and the recent hacking alert by Canberra seems to have tightened up relations between the two countries. Plus, Beijing’s troubles with the Trump administration and Australia being a US ally, does not cut ice with China.

In his media update, PM Scott Morrison when talking about “country’s interests in a changing global environment”, did not mention China, but it was obvious to which country he was referring to.

Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds said, “Defence thinking, strategy, and planning have shifted gears to respond to our constantly changing and deteriorating strategic and defense environment.”

Aust-India Naval war games in April

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 26 March: Australia and India are gearing up for their biggest ever naval war games to be held in the Bay of Bengal in April. The games will include warships, attack aircraft, warships and submarines, a report in India’s ‘The Economic Times’ says.

HMAS Canberra. Photo: Wikipedia

Kilo Class submarine. Photo: Wikipedia

The report says, “Sources said that four Australian warships, including its largest HMAS Canberra — designed for amphibious operations — will take part and will be matched by an equal number of Indian frontline vessels, besides a Kilo class submarine. The war games will span over two weeks off the Vizag coast.”

Christopher Pyne on India mission to promote export of defence equipment, meets Defence Minister

Delegation led by Mr Christopher Pyne, Australia’s Defence Industry Minister today met Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi. Photo: Twitter

By SAT News Desk

NEW DELHI/MELBOURNE, 17 January: India is one of the biggest importers of defense equipment in the world and Australia is making efforts to get a slice of this market. Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne is on this mission while attending the Raisina Dialogue, India’s flagship foreign and strategic policy conference which brings together senior officials from across the world to discuss issues of global significance.

Christopher Pyne, today met with India’s Minister for Defence, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, in New Delhi, India.

Visiting India for the first time, Minister Pyne reflected on the progress in the Australia-India bilateral defense relationship.

“India is a significant security partner for Australia in the Indian Ocean and the broader Indo-Pacific region. This is reflected in the progress we have made in our bilateral defense relationship since the endorsement of the Framework for Security Cooperation in 2014.

“Our shared interests include maritime security, regional stability and countering terrorism.

“Australia recognizes India’s increased engagement in the South East Asia region through the implementation of the Modi Government’s ‘Act East’ policy.

“India is making a significant investment in the capability of its defense forces and seeking to build its industrial base.

“This presents terrific export opportunities for Australian defense companies, such as Thales Australia, who are currently bidding to supply minesweeping equipment to India that was developed in Australia, as well as F90 rifles to the Indian Army. If successful, and subject to export control requirements, this will lead to the creation of jobs at Thales Rydalmere and Lithgow,” Minister Pyne said.

“Likewise, the Australian Government is investing $200 billion to modernize Australia’s defense capability while strengthening our defense industry over the next decade,” Minister Pyne said.

Photo: Twitter

Minister Pyne noted the importance of the new Joint Working Group on Defence Research and Materiel Cooperation in progressing cooperation between India and Australia’s respective defense industries.

“Such cooperation represents an opportunity for India and Australia to identify opportunities for the defense industry, science, and material engagement,” he said.

Minister Pyne will also address India’s National Defence College while in India.