After meeting Pacific Island leaders in Papua New Guinea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Australia for a bilateral visit. The PM signalled that New Delhi’s focus is on countering China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. PM Modi is visiting Australia from May 22-24. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said that he is honoured to host PM Narendra Modi and underlined that the two countries share a commitment to a stable, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific.
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In a veiled dig at developed nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday highlighted that despite the Global South being the most vulnerable in the world, ‘those he trusted’ did not offer him help in times of need. Speaking at the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit in Papua New Guinea, PM Modi said and I quote, "Today we are seeing disruption in the supply chain of fuel, food, fertilizer and pharma. Those whom we trusted didn't stand with us when needed." He further said that the countries in the Global South were hit the hardest during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will soon sign a new agreement to deepen security ties, including a UK commitment to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to the Indo-Pacific in 2025. The so-called “Hiroshima Accord” will also cover trade and investment, collaboration on science and technology and joint initiatives to tackle global issues such as climate change. Under the agreement, the United Kingdom will deploy its Carrier Strike Group to the Indo-Pacific in 2025… and will also double its troop numbers in upcoming joint military exercises. He will also visit a naval base and confirm new UK-Japan defence cooperation, including a new cyber partnership. The summit comes as the former UK prime minister Liz Truss attempted to intervene in foreign policy by visiting Taiwan on Wednesday, where she called on Sunak to declare Beijing a threat to national security. The trip had drawn condemnation as a “dangerous political stunt” by the Chinese embassy in London.