India-Australia relationship crucial to deter Chinese ambitions in Indo-Pacific: Former Australian MP

By Heena Joshi Melbourne [Australia]June 25 (ANI): Australia sees India as one of its key partners in deterring China in the Indo-Pacific, as Beijing has been very brutal in the way it behaves, said former Australian MP Ivan Trayling.

In a telephone conversation with ANI, Trayling said: “The relationship between India and Australia is important in deterring Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific area and Chinese brutality.” Regarding Chinese aggression in the region, former Australian politician Trayling said: “I think Prime Minister Albanian will be a very strong partner of the US, India and Japan in fighting Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific. I think especially and I certainly hope that he will work very closely with India in terms of fighting Chinese aggression and Chinese ambitions.” he added.

Following the huge strides made in the relationship between the two countries, former Australian lawmaker Trayling said: “After the rise of China, this has raised awareness about the importance of the Indo-Pacific area. The relationship between India and Australia is mutually very beneficial especially for Australia .. to have a much better, closer and meaningful relationship with India I think it will happen with time Trayling commented “Australia is a medium sized economy. We only have 25 million people. We are a prosperous country, but we cannot be compared to the size and economy and power of China today. It’s kind of a massive force, but they’re brutal in the way they behave. “They’ve been bold in the way they’ve behaved with India in the Himalayas. l ndia in any way. China is trying to subject India to a lesser influence in the Indo-Pacific area and that’s why they are taking these positions in the Indo-Pacific…with the Solomon Islands and other areas. They are trying to create a situation where they can have places in the Indo-Pacific and China is using money as a primary way to do that. The country still needs India’s support. “The US is positively using Australia to counter China and they are setting up bases on this and we are accommodating that. However, we need the cooperation of India, which is a great way in the area and globally. India would eventually be a match with China.’ Speaking further of Australia’s deal with China by leasing the Darwin Port for 99 years, Trayling called the deal “most ridiculous”. The 99-year lease is the most ridiculous thing ever done by Australia. It was done for about 500 million Australian dollars. There is a lot of delicacy about these agreements. If Australia has the legislature to step in and stop it and have that lease canceled they can do it,” Trayling told ANI.

He continued: “But there will be a whole world of other follow-up actions that will follow the cancellation of the Darwin Agreement. I think it will happen, but it is a matter of timing … and what the least punishment for Australia If we did it right now, the Chinese would take some pretty dramatic measures against Australia and that’s what the government is aware of. But it’s a situation that is untenable in the future. There’s no way that this deal will last.. for the long term.. at some point it could be canceled.” In response to a question about the possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan, Trayling said: “I think the world is very much against China taking over Taiwan. Americans have expressed serious strong support. US President Joe Biden said they will use military force to It would create huge anti-China sentiment.” “Australia supports Taiwan and it would be a crazy move by China to invade the island nation,” he added.

Ivan Trayling also spoke briefly about Pakistan. “I think the Australian government is very aware of Pakistan as a breeding ground for terrorism. Australia is also very aware of the provocations that Pakistan is providing to India on its border. The duplicity of the Pakistani government during the period is well known and well known established” “The former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is very anti-India and he has been supported by the ISI, which is always trying to find ways to interact with India and causing problems for India. The terrorism that Pakistan in the course of over the years including the terror attack in Mumbai.. I don’t think anyone trusts Pakistan… frankly… on anything.” Australian MP Ivan Trayling also defended India’s reliance on Russia for its defense aid, positively saying: “India relies heavily on Russia for its military … for aircraft and submarines.” Trayling said: “Australia understands its delicate position in which India is located because India relies heavily on Russia for its defense hardware. India is also in a delicate position when it comes to its reliance on Russia for oil imports. I think Australia understands this delicate position and will give India a lot of time…which India needs…time to get more balanced If India doesn’t get oil from Russia, its economy will suffer…its people will suffer.” Trayling said he sees a huge opportunity in India-Australia trade. “There is a huge opportunity for India and Australia to gain a very advanced position in trade. If they have the will and want to go through with it, they have a great opportunity. There are so many products between India and Australia which are improved in terms of establishing a great trade relationship. Both import and export. It will greatly benefit the countries.” With great enthusiasm, Trayling also spoke about the Indian diaspora in the country. He called the Indians in Australia the “best immigrants” to come to Australia.

“Indians are just about the best immigrants to come here in Australia. They are very productive and very good citizens and they have really made a great contribution to Australia. I am happy with the community in Australia and what they have achieved and what they are doing and the support they give to Australia.” Notably, Trayling became a member of the Australian Labor Party in 1972 for the seat of the Melbourne Legislative Council, which he held until 1982.

On September 3, 1975, Trayling met with the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, in New Delhi, during the “emergency period” and discussed the political situation of Delhi. He was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II, Silver Jubilee Medal, in 1977. (ANI)