Modi’s Canberra visit: Continuing the momentum

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Australia for the G20 Summit in Brisbane, and will then travel to Canberra for an official bilateral visit. Modi’s visit, taking place nearly 30 years after the last Indian Prime Ministerial visit (Rajiv Gandhi in 1986), comes at a critical time for both countries – when strategic equations are being redrawn, creating new Asian security dynamics.
India and Australia are engaged today in a variety of areas. They have growing defense ties in the form of consultations and multilateral exercises, as well as a broader security and strategic relationship that covers nuclear non-proliferation and energy security, both in coal and civil nuclear, and is likely to expand to solar and wind. The congruence of interests and ideas is indeed growing. However, it is important that India-Australia relations are not entirely viewed through the bilateral prism. Instead, the relationship needs to be based on regional security considerations about which Canberra and New Delhi share similar views.

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India, Australia seal nuclear deal, focus on security ties

In a defining step that has decisively transformed India-Australian ties, the two countries have signed a landmark nuclear deal that clears the decks for the import of Australian uranium to the energy-deficient Asian economy and bring them in a closer strategic embrace.
The long-awaited nuclear deal was signed in the presence of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott, the first foreign leader hosted by the 100-day old new government in New Delhi on a standalone bilateral visit. A beaming Modi hailed the agreement as “a historic milestone” and can count it as a diplomatic gift as India gears up to scale up the share of atomic electricity in its overall energy mix.

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India & Australia: On a strong wicket

C for Cricket, C for Commerce, C for Coking Coal, and C for Community, the 450,000-strong Indian community which is thriving in Australia. Think of India-Australia relations, and these four Cs spring readily to mind. And yes, uranium, the yellow cake, which may just end up being the show-stealer during the September 4-5 visit of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The India-Australia relations are on a strong wicket, and they are scoring high in every field. In a sign of close and warm relations, India has rolled out the red carpet for Prime Minister Abbott, who has become the first head of government to be hosted by the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi on a standalone bilateral visit.

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