South Asia and Beyond

India-Australia Summit: Russia-Ukraine, Quad Focus On China & Indo-Pacific, Interim Trade Deal Soon

NEW DELHI: On ‘The Gist’, Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, Former Secretary (East), MEA, Author of the Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) Australia Economic Strategy Report in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.

Ambassador Wadhwa discusses the second India-Australia Virtual Summit between Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Narendra Modi, the “consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”, India’s position in contrast to condemnation and sanctions imposed by the other Quad members, the group’s focus on China and the Indo-Pacific, a bilateral interim trade deal possibly by end March and negotiations for an expected full Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement(CECA) by the end of the year, issues over India’s agricultural. meat and dairy imports from Australia and service exports and professional mobility to Australia, the announcement of “similar tax benefits” for sovereign and pension funds, investment agreements on critical minerals and clean energy, trilaterals, the AUKUS security group and bilateral defence, cyber and space cooperation.

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