Jaishankar’s return: Boosting India-Australia ties

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reaffirmed his confidence in Subrahmanyam Jaishankar by reappointing him as India’s Minister of External Affairs. With a wealth of experience and a solid track record in international diplomacy, Jaishankar’s continued leadership is anticipated to further strengthen India’s foreign relations.

Jaishankar, a seasoned diplomat, previously served as India’s Foreign Secretary from 2015 to 2018 before joining Modi’s cabinet in 2019. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and advanced degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Over the years, Jaishankar has held key ambassadorial positions in the United States, China, and the Czech Republic. He also served as the High Commissioner to Singapore. His expertise on China is particularly notable, having served as the Indian Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2013. During his tenure as Ambassador to the U.S., he played a crucial role in negotiating the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement.

Jaishankar is recognised for his strategic thinking and policy acumen, which have been instrumental in shaping India’s foreign policy under Modi’s leadership. One of his significant contributions has been his strong advocacy for the Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), involving the U.S., Japan, Australia, and India, aimed at countering China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Under Jaishankar’s leadership, India-Australia relations are expected to see further strengthening, particularly in the areas of strategic and economic cooperation. Economic diplomacy remains a key focus for Jaishankar, who seeks to boost India’s global trade ties and attract foreign investment. This aligns with his support for India’s “Act East” policy, which aims to enhance ties with Southeast Asian nations, aligning well with Australia’s interests in the region.

Jaishankar is recognised for his strategic thinking and policy acumen, which have been instrumental in shaping India’s foreign policy under Modi’s leadership. Notably, he has strongly advocated for the Quad alliance, involving the U.S., Japan, Australia, and India, to counter China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Pic courtesy: X

Enhanced defence cooperation is also on the horizon, including joint military exercises and technology sharing between India and Australia. Climate change initiatives are another area where both countries can expect increased collaboration, aligning with global sustainability goals.

Jaishankar is known for his outreach to the Indian diaspora, ensuring their welfare and leveraging their role in strengthening bilateral ties. The Indian diaspora can expect continued efforts to streamline visa processes and enhance consular services. Additionally, there will likely be enhanced educational exchanges and partnerships between Indian and Australian institutions.

In terms of trade relations, India and Australia are likely to negotiate further agreements to enhance economic ties, focusing on sectors such as technology, agriculture, and minerals. Cultural exchanges and collaborations in arts, sports, and tourism are also expected to increase, enriching bilateral relations.

Jaishankar’s focus on multilateralism means India will continue to build partnerships in global forums, positively impacting global governance. Australia’s strategic interests in regional stability will align with India’s efforts under Jaishankar to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. This continued cooperation is poised to bring significant benefits to both nations, fostering a robust partnership in the years to come.


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