‘Cabbage tactic’ to seize waters

India should be wary of China using the ‘cabbage tactic’ in the Indian Ocean region the same way it tries to grab islands in the South China Sea This week will witness Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting in person with the leaders of Australia and Japan, apart from the US, a move that holds significant importance and may perhaps change India’s foreign policy contours. The meeting comes in the backdrop of Australia’s alliance with the UK and the US – AUKUS — which aims to provide nuclear submarines to Canberra. …

Australian PM says French submarines ‘weren’t going to meet our strategic needs in South China Sea’

Australia had ‘deep and grave concerns’ that the submarines it ordered from France would not meet its strategic needs before cancelling a £48billion defence deal in favour of the Anglo-US agreement last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed. Seeking to explain the sudden U-turn that triggered fury in Paris and an astonishing diplomatic spat among the Western nations, Mr Morrison said on Sunday that though he understood France’s disappointment at the decision, ‘Australia’s national interest comes first’. The Prime Minister has not specifically referred to Beijing’s massive military buildup in the…