The Franco-Indian relationship will be increasingly underpinned by a deeper mix of French historical ties and energy and technological know-how that can bring economic benefits to both countries.
Maintaining strong relationships with regional partners will be of increasing importance in maintaining the ability of the Singaporean Armed Forces to act as an effective deterrent at a time when the possibility of conflict in the region is on the rise.
Devaluing the currency by fifteen per cent will aid the economy in the short to medium terms, but structural reforms and diversification will be needed if the vulnerability to fluctuating commodity prices is to be overcome in the longer term.
India, which has the capacity to be a net security provider in the Indian Ocean Region, views the growing presence of China in the area with some suspicion and has sought to build a collective security framework with other Indian Ocean littoral states. India, Australia and the United States can play an important role by co-operating more closely in maintaining a rules-based order in the Indian Ocean Region.
Hydrological data from the Chinese portion of the Brahmaputra River is of vital importance to India for flood mitigation and adaptation. China’s command over this data could provoke hostilities if a diplomatic solution is not found.
If they result in greater efficiencies and an increased flow of goods, the proposed improvements to border crossing procedures will benefit the economies of both countries.
Improved air connections and initiatives to increase the net value generated from tourism will bring further growth and employment to the industry. In the long term, however, the Seychellois tourism sector will be confronted by the effects of climate change.
One of Australia’s most important bilateral partners, Indonesia is expected to become the fourth-largest world economy in terms of gross domestic product by 2050. With significant growth expected as the size of its middle class continues to expand, Indonesia provides an opportunity for Australian businesses to tap into a large and increasingly affluent market. So far, however, the economic relationship has failed to reflect the full geostrategic importance of the wider relationship.
Expanding interests in Africa mean that Djibouti-based Japan Self-Defence Force personnel may be increasingly called upon to evacuate Japanese citizens from troubled areas and is a reflection of the changing scope of JSDF operations.
There could be little doubt that the Pakistani and Chinese statements at the conclusion of the Shaheen VI joint military exercises were meant to send a message to India.