(Juhi Aishwary, Journalist): Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that there is a growing tension in the Indo-Pacific region over geographical claims and the latest example of this is the fighting in Ladakh between Indo-Chinese forces. Announcing Australia’s 2020 Defense Strategic Update, Australian PM Morrison said tensions are rising over territorial claims in the Indo-Pacific region, as we recently saw on the disputed border between India and China, the South China Sea, and East China is.

Threat to increase tension with China!

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also said that Australia would increase defense spending by 40% over the next 10 years to purchase long-range military equipment that would focus on the Indo-Pacific region. In a speech threatening to raise tensions with China, Morrison said Australia would spend $ 270 billion ($ 186.5 billion) over the subsequent 10 years to accumulate long-range capabilities on Hawaii, sea, and land. In 2016, Australia promised to spend $ 195 billion over the next 10 years. Morrison said Australia would also focus on the Indo-Pacific region.

The goal is to liberate the Indo-Pacific region – Morrison

Morrison said in a speech in Canberra that we want to free the Indo-Pacific region from coercion and hegemony. We want an area where all countries, big and small, can connect with each other freely and guide according to international rules and norms. Although Morrison did not name China, Australia’s intentions towards the Indo Pacific region are seen as a sign that Australia intends to be more assertive in its dealings with Beijing and less dependent on the US.

Australia PM Scott Morrison said that it is not just China and the US that will determine whether our region remains open and open to trade, investment, and cooperation, which has enhanced stability and prosperity, tying our region together Have connected people to people. 

Morrison said India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, countries in South-East Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and the Pacific all have agency, with options to build it. He can play a role in Australia. 

Our relationship is important for the Indo-Pacific region and the whole world- PM Modi

There was a conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the India-Australia Virtual Summit. During this time there was a positive discussion about bilateral relations between the two countries and it was emphasized to strengthen more in the coming years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said for the first time during the ‘India-Australia Virtual Summit’ that India is committed to strengthening its relations with Australia, not only for our two countries but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the entire world.

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