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Australia’s India Choice: Navigating Strategic Competition Between India and China

US Navy 080905 N 7981E 845 The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 leads a formation of ships from the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group they transit the Indian Ocean
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As India and China emerge as major powers, strategic competition is growing between them. This is becoming particularly evident in the Indian Ocean region. Australia has a major trading relationship with China and a growing defence and security partnership with India: and both of these relationships will be important for Australia’s future prosperity and security. This means that Australia will need to navigate a rather strained relationship between those powers if it is to avoid being perceived to have to make a choice between India and China in regional affairs.