A government press release said at the time that the exercise had been conducted “to strengthen and enhance mutual cooperation and interoperability between the IN (Indian Navy) and Ran (Royal Australian Navy) and to provide opportunities for interaction and exchange of technical views between the personnel of the two navies.” “The agreement should facilitate the smooth and rapid delivery of supplies and services between Japan`s self-defense forces and the Indian armed forces,” he said. Neither Australia nor India feels threatened and invests economically or politically in their neighbourhood. Modi visited Fiji in 2014, becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit a South Pacific country in 33 years. It was there that he laid the groundwork for the Indian Pacific Islands Cooperation Forum (FIPIC). At the 2017 Sustainable Development Conference, India pledged $1 million to the COP23 presidency to support climate change. It has also signed a number of agreements with Fiji, which have renewed a line of credit for the creation of a cogeneration plant and cooperation in the field of diplomat training, among others. In the midst of all these commitments, Australia has not expressed disapproval of India`s presence in the Pacific. Similarly, Australia`s four-year$25 million program to support regional connectivity in South Asia, under the name South Asia Regional Infrastructure Connectivity Initiative (SARIC), has been well received in India. While China challenges Canberra and New Delhi in their traditional geographies, the two nations have found reliable partners in each other.

Logistics agreements are administrative arrangements facilitating access to military fuel exchange facilities and reciprocal agreement provisions that facilitate logistical support and strengthen the army`s operational rotation from India. The signing of the agreement comes at a time when India is caught up in a bitter border dispute with China and countries in the region are increasingly concerned about China`s persuasive power in the Indo-Pacific region. For the network: the importance and impact of the agreement. India and Australia are among nearly half a dozen regional multilateral for a, including the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the ASEAN Defence Ministers` Meeting Plus (ADMM), the Asia-East Summit (EAS), the International Indian Ocean Association (IORA) and the Indian Ocean Symposium (IONS). Both India and Australia place the principle of “ASEAN centrality” at the heart of their political decision-making and are also interested in ASEAN unity.