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India Poised to Deepen its Presence in the Gulf Following Oman Visit

In a recent visit to the Sultanate by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Oman granted India the use of a strategic port and the two states signed several Memoranda of Understanding. As China’s presence in the Indian Ocean Region grows, India will continue to look to Oman, a longstanding partner, to help it to achieve its economic and maritime security interests in the Persian Gulf.

Indonesian Air Force to Receive Russian Fighters

The purchase of eleven Sukhoi fighter jets is a small, but welcome upgrade. The larger process of expanding the Indonesian Air Force, of which it has been part, is extremely slow-moving and achieving the Minimum Essential Force goals by 2024 appears unlikely.

Indonesia: Criminal Code Revision Offers Permanent Place for Intolerance

Politicians have used the review to shore up conservative votes at the expense of Indonesia’s LGBT community. At this stage, it is likely that the revision will be endorsed by parliament but it remains unclear whether it will be approved by President Jokowi.

Seychelles to Restart Aquaculture Industry

With an economy that is vulnerable to external factors and dependent on tourism and industrial fishing, the return of an aquaculture industry could help ensure economic diversity and a sustainable food source for an increasingly challenged fisheries sector.

Singapore and Sri Lanka Looking For Mutual Gains from Free Trade Agreement

As Sri Lanka moves to modernise its economy, Singapore is delicately balancing its economic interests with China against its regional security interests. For both Singapore and Sri Lanka, the signing of a free trade agreement is a means of furthering their respective goals through a closer bilateral relationship.

Australia Hosts New Counter-Terrorism Dialogue for South-East Asian Neighbours

A new platform for counter-terrorism dialogue may not yield tangible results for South-East Asia but could act as a useful diplomatic vehicle for Australia to deepen its strategic bilateral arrangements with key partners.

India Implements New Agricultural Tariff While Australia Seeks FTA

Australian pulse farmers suffer a 30 per cent pay-cut while discussions to secure a free trade agreement with India must be carefully managed.

China, India and the Return to Doklam

India, basically, has two options: enhance its military assets in the Doklam region to counter those of China or seek a military alliance with a powerful state.

Productive South Asia Trip for Indonesian President Jokowi

The Indonesian leader concluded number of trade and defence agreements in South Asia and satisfied his domestic audience by drawing attention to the Rohingya Crisis.

Franco-Japanese Talks Reflect Converging Interests and Deepening Security Ties

As the balance of power in the region shifts, Japan is increasingly looking outside of its traditional alliances, while Indo-Pacific France is seeking to increase its influence in Asia. For the two states, maritime security is a means to pursue those goals.

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