A Very Short Policy Brief - Australia's India Choice: Navigating strategic competition between India and China

As India and China emerge as major powers, strategic competition is growing between them. This is becoming particularly evident in the Indian Ocean region. Australia has a major trading relationship with China and a growing defence and security partnership with India: and both of these relationships will be important for Australia’s future prosperity and security. This means that Australia will need to navigate a rather strained relationship between those powers if it is to avoid having to make a choice between them in regional affairs.