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India-Australia have in recent worked for the Logistics Support Agreement, a key agreement for both the countries. In this context, comment on the relations between India and Australia.

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3. India-Australia have in recent worked for the Logistics Support Agreement, a key agreement for both the countries. In this context, comment on the relations between India and Australia. (250 words)

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Why this question:

Recently India and Australia moved closer to closing in on the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA), as the Foreign and Defence Secretaries from both countries met in New Delhi.

Key demand of the question:

One must bring out the bilateral aspects of India and Australia with special focus on the recently agreed Logistics Support Agreement (LSA).

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

In brief narrate the key takeaways of Logistics Support Agreement (LSA).

Body:

The LSA is one of key agenda points between India and Australia as it will allow the two countries to use each other’s military bases for logistical support which includes food, water, and petroleum.

Discuss the bilateral aspects between the two countries.

What are the common concerns of the two? – India and Australia share a common concern that is China and its growing influence. While Australia is worried about the Chinese activities in the Pacific Ocean, India has concerns over its increasing activities and influence in the Indian Ocean.

Discuss the trust factor between the two countries.

Explain other key aspects that need focus.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.