Hopes for peace and co-operation between India and Pakistan have received a boost with a new opinion poll suggesting public opinion in India favours rapprochement. While Pakistan ranked lowest in the list of countries Indians like, 89 per cent of those polled believed citizens in both countries want peace, according to India Poll 2013, commissioned by the Australia India Institute and the Lowy Institute.
A big majority of Indians surveyed in a new opinion poll see China as a security threat, the director of the Australia India Institute, Professor Amitabh Mattoo said today. The poll, conducted on behalf of the A.I.I and the Lowy Institute for International Policy, provides intriguing insights into the issues concerning Indians today. While 83 per cent of those polled saw China as a threat, 63 per cent would like ties with Beijing to strengthen.
The Government of India may have rolled out the red carpet for the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, who arrived in New Delhi yesterday, but popular opinion in India is deeply sceptical of Chinese ambitions in Asia and its policy towards India. This is the clear verdict of arguably the most comprehensive survey of Indian public opinion in recent years. But while there is great warmth for the United States, and discomfort at China’s rise, there is ambiguity in the Indian response to any plans to contain China.
6 – 7 PM, THURSDAY 16 MAY 2013, MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL, THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, LECTURE THEATRE G08. GROUND FLOOR, 185 PELHAM ST, CARLTON, VIC 3053 The Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Mr Peter Varghese AO will tonight in Melbourne deliver the annual Australia India Institute Oration on the subject ‘Our Journey with India’
Distinguished Fellow of the Aii Wayne Lewis has been appointed as the Commissioner for Victoria in India. Premier Denis Napthine made the announcement yesterday of two key appointments, Lewis’ move to Bangalore, and Geoffrey Conaghan as the Agent-General for Victoria in London. “The roles of Commissioner and Agent-General are critical in leading and deepening Victoria’s ongoing relationships within key international regions,” Dr Napthine said. “I am delighted to appoint candidates of the calibre and experience of Mr Lewis and Mr Conaghan to these pivotal roles, which are based in our Bangalore and London offices respectively.
The Aii's Chair of Indian Studies Anthony D'Costa, in colaboration with Amiya Kumar Bagchi has released a new publication entitled 'Transformation and Development: The Political Economy of Transition in India and China.'
A report to be published tomorrow suggests skilling up migrants to become language teachers could help realise government plans to make Australia more ‘Asia literate’. The report, published by the Australia India Institute based at the University of Melbourne, says innovative ways to deliver language teaching will be needed if the Federal government’s plan to introduce the teaching of Hindi in Australian schools is to become a reality.
The test will be whether Australia and India can turn their converging interests into naval exercises, technology partnerships and shared maritime surveillance. A new plan for Australian defence policy has big implications for India. For New Delhi, the good news is that Canberra's 2013 Defence White Paper (WP), launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week, sharply redefines Australia's region of strategic interest as being broadly the same as India's: the Indo-Pacific.
A public call for submissions into the Government’s Australia in the Asian Century country strategies turned into a debate on whether a focus on Asian languages was necessary for improving relations between Australia and our five priority Asian partners. Constituents from the Higher Education sector called for a focus on key Asian languages; Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Indonesian, and Korean, saying it’s impossible to do business with Asia or understand their culture if we don’t speak the same language.