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Australia and Philippines Discuss Joint Naval Patrols to Counter China's Aggression

  • Posted on February 23, 2023
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Australia and Philippines Discuss Joint Naval Patrols:-

Australia, as well as the Philippines, are engaged in discussions to enhance their relationship bilaterally and take it to a new degree, according to Deputy Prime Secretary and Defence Minister Richard Marles. Marles said that greater cooperation is vital since the two countries now have greater strategic alignment than before. He also highlighted that both nations share a common ally with both the United States and share China as their top trading partner. In addition, Marles emphasized that both Australia as well as the Philippines have a strong commitment to a rule-based international order. Australia and Philippines Discuss Joint Naval Patrols Australia and Philippines Discuss Joint Naval Patrols In a joint press conference, Philippine Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said that they have agreed to study possibilities to work together and reaffirm marine security as well as counter-terrorism are the foundational pillars of defence between Australia and Philippines relations. Both countries are seeking to expand their cooperation as was agreed upon by Australian Premier Anthony Albanese and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr in November of last year. The incident attracted attention from the world to Beijing's ongoing aggressiveness throughout the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and saw Australia, as well as the US, joining the list of nations who condemned the risky and intimidating behaviour. In order to ensure a safe, free Indo-Pacific area, Marles and Galvez discussed the possibility of both countries conducting joint patrols in the WPS, which includes areas that comprise the South China Sea that fall within the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone. The Philippines had previously decided to resume activity in conjunction together with the US. Marles added the fact that Australia, as well as the Philippines, are likely to sign an agreement on strategic partnerships in the coming months and set up the annual defence minister's conference. Furthermore, Australia is sending one of the largest contingents of troops to the next Annual militaristic Balikatan exercise in the country. Moreover, The federal government is hoping to have Manila provide observers for Talisman Sabre's Exercise in Australia during August.

Australian International Relations Overview

Australia, the world's sixth-largest country by land area, spanning 7.6 million square kilometers, is home to over 23 million people. Its stable, culturally diverse, and democratic society boasts one of the world's strongest and most competitive economies, with an estimated GDP of $1.5 trillion. Australia is deeply connected to the rest of the world, and as a founding member of the United Nations, it has strong alliances and partnerships that serve its international interests. Australia's foreign and trade policies prioritize the strengthening of its already substantial engagement with countries in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. APEC member Australia and a dynamic contributor to the East Asia Summit (EAS), is taking significant steps to construct regional organizations that foster stability, security, and economic growth.

Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership

The Philippines is one of Australia's oldest bilateral relationships, marked by shared values and interests and supported by strong people-to-people connections. More than 2.5 Lacs individuals with Filipino ancestry have made their home in Australia, and among them are over 10,000 Filipino students who are currently enrolled in universities and vocational institutions across the country. Australia and the Philippines will celebrate 70 years of bilateral relations in 2016, showcasing the close and broad relationship.  In the present day, the bond between the parties involved has flourished and encompasses a wider spectrum of undertakings, which comprise interpersonal connections, sustainable development aid, trade and investment aimed at enhancing economic relationships, defense, and collaboration in law enforcement. Australia and the Philippines share many commonalities, including their geographical proximity and perspectives on regional, economic, and security issues. The Joint Declaration on Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership, signed on 18 November 2015, marks a new chapter in the bilateral relationship. This partnership acknowledges the breadth and depth of Australia-Philippine relations and sets the tone, pace, and direction for the relationship in the years to come. Australia and Philippines Discuss Joint Naval Patrols Australia and Philippines Discuss Joint Naval Patrols As a longstanding friend and neighbor of the Philippines, Australia remains committed to being a partner in pursuing sustainable development in the Philippines. The two countries encourage growing people-to-people links through trade, investment, cultural exchange, education tourism, and migration. Over 250,000 Filipinos have made Australia their home and continue to make positive contributions to Australian society. For more updates keep visiting our website www.topstoriesworld.com where we provide unbiased, true and top stories of the world  
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