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India, China & Asia: New Connections and Possibilities—Is Australia a Part of Asia?

Fitzgerald, Stephen

China Report, May 2017, Vol.53(2), pp.253-258 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    India, China & Asia: New Connections and Possibilities—Is Australia a Part of Asia?
  • Autor: Fitzgerald, Stephen
  • Assuntos: History & Archaeology
  • É parte de: China Report, May 2017, Vol.53(2), pp.253-258
  • Descrição: Why does India not figure more prominently in Australia, and why are we not more closely engaged bilaterally? Some of Australia's best-ever diplomats have served as High Commissioner in New Delhi, and almost every incoming Australian government at least since Gough Whitlam's in 1972 has vowed on taking office to put more substance, momentum or initiative into relations with India. But that repeated vow also betrays an acknowledgement that our bilateral relations are not as good or as close as we think they could or should be. Much has been invested in the relationship since Whitlam's time, and the economic prospects are good. We have no major bilateral problems. But overall, on the Australian side at least, the effort has lagged. Tellingly, it was not until 1992 that the government set up a special Australia-India Council to fund a broadening and deepening of the relationship, 16 years after a similar body was established for Japan and 14 years after one for China even though we have had diplomatic relations with India from day one of its independence in 1947.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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