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Worried about growing China-Russia ties, says Australian Deputy Prime Minister Marles MPNRC

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles

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New Delhi: India’s key strategic partner and quad member Australia is conscious of strengthening the China-Russia alliance. In response to a question from this correspondent at a press briefing in New Delhi, Richard Marles, Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister recently took oath in the Labor government.

Marless is the first senior leader to visit India within weeks of the cabinet taking shape in the new Australian government led by Anthony Albanese.

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Hours before the BRICS virtual summit on Thursday, Marles said Canberra is mindful of the growing alliance in the Indo-Pacific by China and Russia, with India, Brazil and South Africa both members of the five-member grouping. China has been a pre-eminent supporter of Putin amid efforts by the US-led West to declare Russia an untouchable state in the wake of the Ukraine war.

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We are concerned about the growing relationship between China and Russia. We have seen this in practical expression in the joint exercises conducted by China and Russia in the Pacific. This is a matter of concern. We are very conscious of that,” Marles said.

“It is really important for democracies that we stand under the protection of a global rules-based order that has brought peace around the world, especially in our region,” the senior Australian leader said.

Prime Minister Modi will participate in the BRICS virtual summit hosted by President Xi Jinping for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic. This comes even as Indian and Chinese forces remain in a tense standoff along the Line of Actual Control, despite several rounds of talks over the past two years.

Expressing solidarity with India, the senior Australian leader underlined the Galwan conflict as evidence of China’s growing firmness beyond the South China Sea.

“When we look at what happened along the Line of Actual Control, we see that a country is seeking to deal with its disputes not against the set of rules but through power and force. This is a matter of concern. We are seeing greater assertiveness from China in the South China Sea,” the deputy prime minister said.

Anthony Albanese was sworn in as prime minister a few hours before the Quad summit in Tokyo. Soon after, he met US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Modi and Japanese PM Fumio Kishida.

The Japanese defense minister later revealed in a press conference that his country had destroyed jets after Russian and Chinese warplanes approached its airspace while the quad meeting was underway.

Tokyo had conveyed “serious concerns” to both Russia and China through diplomatic channels, with the Chinese Defense Ministry claiming that the exercise was part of an “annual military cooperation plan”.

In a clear sign of strained relations with China in contrast to the Labor government’s previous warm ties, Marles repeatedly cited Beijing’s growing muscular flexibility in the Indo-Pacific and the idea of ​​’sovereignty in the South China Sea, with the United Nations fully engaged. Emphasis on ‘inconsistent’. Convention on the Laws of the Sea.’ The minister emphasized that China is trying to shape the world in a way that was not seen before.

He said Australia is watching the India-China confrontation with concern and it is difficult to know where the Chinese assertiveness ends.

On the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he said Australia is working with the World Food Program and India to tackle the global food supply crisis. However, he said that the stand that India takes against the Ukraine war is a matter of the Indian government.

During his four-day officer, Marles made a flight from Goa to Delhi on a Boeing P8 Poseidon American maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft of the Indian Navy. He also held a meeting with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and addressed the National Defense College in Delhi.

In a light-hearted manner, he mentioned that his 15-year-old son was excited about his father’s visit to India not for political reasons but because it is the land of Virat.

Kohli- One of the favorite cricketers of the teenager. Highlighting the importance of the growing Indian diaspora in Australia, Marles emphasized that the government of Albany attaches a high priority to bilateral relations.

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