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Indian Ocean region and world affairs

  • Category
    World Affairs
  • Published
    24th Jan, 2019

At recently concluded Raisina Dialogue, Australia’s foreign minister highlighted Indian Ocean as a key emerging region in world affairs and strategic priority for Australia and India.

Issue

Context:

At recently concluded Raisina Dialogue, Australia’s foreign minister highlighted Indian Ocean as a key emerging region in world affairs and strategic priority for Australia and India.

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Among minister’s announcements was A$25 million for a four-year infrastructure program in South Asia (The South Asia Regional Infrastructure Connectivity initiative, or SARIC), which will primarily focus on the transport and energy sectors.

She also pointed to increasing defence activities in the Indian Ocean, noting that in 2014, Australia and India had conducted 11 defence activities together, with the figure reaching 38 in 2018.

Furthermore, Australia’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper seeks to support IORA in areas such as maritime security and international law.

Background

The Indian 0cean region comprises of the ocean itself and the countries that border it. These include Australia, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Somalia, Tanzania, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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