IAN HALL |
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit to India this week comes at a pivotal moment for Australia’s ties with that country. Over the past 15 years, the two have overcome decades of mutual indifference and built a promising strategic partnership. The challenge now is to consolidate those gains and realise the potential of the relationship.
This will not be easy. To be sure, Australia and India have common concerns and our people-to-people ties are burgeoning. Both countries are worried about China’s ambition and assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific. Both are keen to see the growing Indian diaspora in Australia flourish. More than three-quarters of a million people of Indian origin – students and skilled workers – now call Australia home.
These shared interests are important, but in themselves they are not sufficient to deliver a robust partnership. There are other like-minded states with whom Australia and India might collaborate to manage Beijing’s behaviour. And diasporas, however enterprising, can and often do complicate relations between governments.
Please click here to read the full “Getting India right” article published at The Interpreter, written by Griffith Asia Insitute Acting Director, Professor Ian Hall.