The Indian Ocean will become one of the major strategic battlegrounds of the 21st century. The rise of India and China is shaping a new regional balance of power and just as China is asserting itself in the Pacific, India aspires to be the leading power in the Indian Ocean. It is a region that we can no longer afford to ignore.

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, has welcomed a sharp increase in the number of Indians applying for student visas to Australia. The latest immigration figures show 4148 Indians made offshore applications for student visas between July and September last year – more than double the figure for the same period in 2012.

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