Modi and Johnson decide to counter China together

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Diplomats are exploring the possibility of AUKUS-Quad coordination to deal with Beijing.

New Delhi: On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed China’s assertiveness in detail during bilateral talks, stressing the need to strengthen joint cooperation to deal with the challenge posed by Beijing in the Indo region. -pacific and also in other areas. Sources have told the Sunday Guardian that the foreign ministers of India and the UK will meet soon to discuss Indo-Pacific issues as part of what will advance the agenda set by the two prime ministers.
“There was a convergence of concerns over China’s affirmation when the two leaders spoke on Friday. Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control also figured during the bilateral consultations,” a senior source said. “During diplomatic exchanges, the possibility was also explored as to how AUKUS could work as a complement to Quad in an attempt to control China,” the sources said. the United States. What is significant is that Australia and the United States are also in the Quad with India and Japan. “With the formation of groups like these, the two platforms can better coordinate”, explains a diplomat.
Indian diplomats refer to recent developments that make AUKUS a very important front vis-à-vis China. Just days ago, with an eye on China, the AUKUS countries said they were beginning “new trilateral cooperation on hypersonic, counter-hypersonic and electronic warfare capabilities.”
The joint statement referenced the free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific in what was a strong message to China. But Boris Johnson, after talks with Prime Minister Modi, got much tougher on Beijing when he said his country “always condemns the actions of autocratic governments and attacks on territorial integrity”. He was answering a question about whether he condemned China’s territorial ambitions and behavior. The issue was in the context of Chinese aggression against India, particularly on the Line of Actual Control.
“In fact, Prime Minister Johnson has received enough information on the evidence base establishing how China’s aggressive behavior is growing not only near Indian borders but also in the Indian Ocean and other parts of Indo. -Pacific,” an official said.
With a clear message to China, the joint statement says it all: “The two prime ministers shared their vision of an open, free, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region in which countries are free from military coercion, economic and political. . They pledged to work with partners and relevant regional organizations that share this vision, to promote respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, the rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation and overflight, the centrality of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, unhindered lawful trade and the peaceful settlement of disputes. They agreed that conflicts anywhere pose a threat to freedom everywhere, and reiterated the vital importance of the Indo-Pacific region in the current global context.
Sources said External Affairs Minister S, Jaishankar and his British counterpart Liz Truss will meet soon to advance talks on key strategic issues including Chinese aggression. There will be a more active British presence in the Indo-Pacific region through its maritime deployments and there will be more sharing of military technology with India in the future, sources familiar with diplomatic engagements told this newspaper. high level between India and the UK. This will be done taking into account China’s belligerence, the sources added.
What Johnson said after meeting Prime Minister Modi highlighted Britain’s priority in the Indo-Pacific vis-à-vis the Chinese factor as well as India’s position in this context. Johnson said: “India is a rising Asian power and Britain’s great partner in the Indo-Pacific.”

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