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India-Japan-Australia supply chain in the works to counter China
August 19, 2020 | By: Pranab Dhal Samanta

India-Japan-Australia supply chain in the works to counter China

India-Japan-Australia supply chain in the works to counter China

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The initiative, first proposed by Japan, is now taking shape, ET has learnt. Dates are being worked out to hold the first meeting of the commerce and trade ministers of the 3 countries by next week.

NEW DELHI: India, Japan and Australia have begun discussions on launching a trilateral Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) to reduce dependency on China, necessitated by Beijing’s aggressive political and military behavior.

The initiative, first proposed by Japan, is now taking shape, ET has learnt. Dates are being worked out to hold the first meeting of the commerce and trade ministers of the three countries by next week.

Japan through its Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry approached India recently and pressed on the urgency to take the initiative forward, according to people in the know. Tokyo was in favor of launching SCRI by November, sources said.

The government is moving on the proposal quite seriously, especially in the light of China’s aggressive moves on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. Usually, the sources said, New Delhi would consider any such proposal cautiously as it would be seen as an alliance against China.

This time, the government appears to have taken the call at the highest levels to become part of the global supply chain, thus emerging as an alternative to China.

The subject was also one of the key themes of PM Modi’s Independence Day speech on Saturday, where he said that businesses have started viewing India as a possible “hub for supply chains” and that now India must also “make for the world”.

The two-fold objective of the Japanese proposal is to attract foreign direct investment to turn the Indo-Pacific into an “economic powerhouse” and to build a mutually complementary relationship among partner countries.

The idea, sources said, was to also throw open the initiative to the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) after India-Japan-Australia understanding on the matter.

To begin with, the aim is to work out a plan to build on the existing bilateral supply chain networks. India and Japan, for instance, have an Indo-Japan Industrial Competitiveness partnership, which deals with locating Japanese companies in India.

Those aware with the details of initial deliberations told ET that the purpose eventually is to improve supply chain resilience across the Indo-Pacific, which through such an effort can develop a sound economic profile to its security logic.

SCRI is a direct response to individual companies and economies concerned about Chinese political behavior and the disruption that could lead to supply chains, according to the sources.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, following the Covid-19 outbreak, has already instituted a $2-billion fund to help Japanese companies shift back from China. Australia and the US, amid growing security and transparency concerns, have already entered into an ambitious agreement to create what’s being called a ‘China free’ supply chain for rare earth materials.

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Diplomatic Corps holds softball celebration
The Diplomatic Corps held a ceremony at the Taj Restaurant on Thursday, August 19, in appreciation of their effort on the field during last month’s 40th Constitution Day Leadership Softball Tournament.

The team, dubbed the “Diplomats”, placed third in the seven-team softball tournament. It was represented by all four resident ambassadors and their staff, as well as several honorary consuls, and the Ministry of State staff.

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of State, Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, as well as the Ambassadors of the Republic of China-Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and the United States, as well as the Honorary Consul of India. All mentioned that it was their first time on the field in years, and agreed that the team should begin practicing for next year’s tournament.

The Minister of State toasted the team’s achievement. It was decided that the trophy will be shared amongst the embassies quarterly based on seniority, starting with the Embassy of the Republic of China-Taiwan.
 

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Japan-U.S. confirm bilateral treaty covers isles disputed with China, Kono says
Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by William Mallard
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FILE PHOTO: Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono reacts during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono said on Saturday he had confirmed with his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper that islands in the East China Sea disputed by Japan and China are covered by the U.S.-Japan security treaty.

The islets are called the Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China.

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Japan-U.S. confirm bilateral treaty covers isles disputed with China, Kono says
Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by William Mallard
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FILE PHOTO: Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono reacts during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono said on Saturday he had confirmed with his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper that islands in the East China Sea disputed by Japan and China are covered by the U.S.-Japan security treaty.

The islets are called the Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China.

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Yet not a single Japanese defense minister has formally visited those islands out of fear of provoking the Chinese. In fact Taro Kano has cancelled an aerial visit to the Senkaku islands next week in what would have otherwise been the first such visit by a sitting Japanese Defense Minister.
 

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Australia & Japan buys US Weaponary..
India off late also buying it.

Need to consolidate on where all mission cooperation is possible.
 

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Australia & Japan buys US Weaponary..
India off late also buying it.

Need to consolidate on where all mission cooperation is possible.
Formal alliance is just some time away, its time has arrived now. There are plenty of talk about it and acceptability among most political decision making people.
 

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Breaking: India's CDS Bipin Rawat calls Quad a "good arrangement" to "ensure, complete freedom of navigation" and "we want quad to become a system"
This is first time I believe an Indian seating athority has called for formalization of a treaty alliance. Interesting times ahead.
 

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Formal alliance is just some time away, its time has arrived now. There are plenty of talk about it and acceptability among most political decision making people.
Breaking: India's CDS Bipin Rawat calls Quad a "good arrangement" to "ensure, complete freedom of navigation" and "we want quad to become a system"
This is first time I believe an Indian seating athority has called for formalization of a treaty alliance. Interesting times ahead.
If you were to guess, how much time do you think it would take before we see some semblance of formalisation ? Not necessarily a combined defence treaty or anything but say a combined defence action plan that is non-binding.
 
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If you were to guess, how much time do you think it would take before we see some semblance of formalisation ? Not necessarily a combined defence treaty or anything but say a combined defence action plan that is non-binding.
If things go as per previous history, we might see some formal & structured agency (or agencies) formation within 5 years(right from next scheduled meeting till next 5 years), that's however a enthusiastic view point. Midway suggestion looks at 10-12 years to achieve a cohesive front and last view point, which is negative most, it might continue in current state for very long(short of discontinuetion).

The countries who might become the initial lot members are as mentioned below.
1. India, US, Japan & Australia,
2. France, UAE, Singapore, South Korea
3. Indonesia, Vietnam, U.K, Phillipines, Newzealand.
Rest might come around after observing how the new organization goes ahead internationally.

Off course this is my personal opinion based on past observation, it can go north or south. Thank you.
 
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