Indo-Pacific being ‘reshaped’: Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong

India and Australia have recognized that the strategic Indo-Pacific region is being “reshaped” both economically and strategically, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said on Monday, stressing that partnership with India is an ”essential part” of shaping the region, amid China’s aggressive posture.

Wong at a press conference on Monday with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who arrived in Canberra from New Zealand.

”Australia and India are complete strategic partners. We are partners of QUAD. We associate in many other ways and more fundamentally we share a region, the Indo-Pacific region and between our countries we cover a large swath of the Indo-Pacific,’ she said after the two ministers held the 13th cadre of foreign ministers. Dialogue.

The Quad or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue includes India, the United States, Japan and Australia.

”With our areas of deep connection and expertise. We have a common interest and we share an ambition and that is that our region is stable, prosperous and respectful of sovereignty, where countries are not required to choose sides, but to make their own sovereign choices. We don’t want to see any country dominate or be dominated,” she added.

India, the United States and several other world powers have spoken of the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific amid China’s growing military maneuvers in the region.

China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.

She also said that “we both recognize that our region is being reshaped, economically and strategically. And I think our partnership is a demonstration that we understand that it’s best to navigate this time of change together.” ”We can only build and sustain the region we want by working with others, in particular by working in partnership with India and for Australia. , this partnership is an essential element in shaping the region we want. After concluding his first-ever visit to New Zealand, Jaishankar received a “Tiranga welcome” to Canberra.

“Arrived in Canberra for a Tiranga welcome. So happy to see the old Parliament of Australia in our national colors,” he tweeted.

This is his second visit to Australia. The first visit took place in February 2022.

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