India and the UK are in the final stages of agreeing on a major Defense Logistics Treaty, which marks a policy shift in London as the Boris Johnson government adopts its one-in-one integrated review into UK foreign policy, defense and international development Finalizes The world after Brexit.
Experts say the MoU is part of a new approach for India and Asia, which will be outlined in a high-level review to be released in November, as the UK prepares for the future outside the EU from 1 January.
The review was commissioned by Johnson as a policy-guided, evidence-driven, all-government process in 2030, taking into account the current and projected domestic and global context, which went beyond the traditional defense and security parameters . Review.
The official announcement on Wednesday that the ‘Defense Logistics MoU’ is in the final stages of an agreement between New Delhi and London is part of several defense related deliverables in the pipeline. This is seen as the beginning of London to move beyond efforts to ‘balance’ relations.
Avinash Paliwal, an international relations expert at the School of Oriental and African Studies, said on Friday, “The Defense Logistics Agreement between India and the UK is important for several reasons. In addition to the military strategic value of such an agreement, particularly in the IOR (Indian Ocean Rim), it signals a foreign policy shift from London’s side on questions from China and Pakistan.
“For a long time, the UK has tried to balance relations between China and the US as well as India and Pakistan. Such a defense makes the intent of the Logistics Treaty clear, ie Britain is very wary of China, and Pakistan’s sensitivity is unlikely to hinder truly strategic partnership with India (something that has been around for many years).
Indicating that India will emerge as a key theme of the UK’s post-Brexit worldview, the UK Acting High Commissioner to India, Jane Thompson, said in a recent webinar that India as a “very strong subject” in the Integrated Review Will come “. .
John Johnson, member and former minister of the House of Lords, reviewed, “John Johnson, a member and former minister of the House of Lords, described Understaker as organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Vivekananda International Foundation.”
The major drivers of change over the next decade identified by the review are “a shift in international power, marked by intensifying great power competition and a change in the gravity of the world’s economic center towards Asia.”
IISS Senior Fellow Rahul Roy-Chaudhary said: “Britain’s one-time generational security review with an inclination towards Indo-Pacific, increasing convergence on China and recent government-to-government arms transfer agreement, set western Indian Ocean Political context for enhancing bilateral defense relations and maritime security cooperation ”.
Outstanding issues in bilateral relations include illegal migration, anti-Indian elements from Britain’s land and London’s long-held notion of pro-Pakistan leanings in New Delhi. But there are indications that some of these seemingly insurmountable issues may not hinder the emergence of India as a “very strong subject” in its review.
Paliwal said: “To be clear, Britain will not want to jeopardize bilateral relations with Pakistan and Britain’s Rawalpindi will get support for London’s counter-terrorism efforts.” But, for a change, London has begun to look at India from a security-strategic point of view rather than from a purely economic lens. “
“The defense logistic pact (unlikely to be challenged by the Labor Party led by Keir Starr, which further reinforces the party’s stance on Kashmir to India’s liking)”, a more collaborative one between India and Britain They will set the tone and reduce the help. He said that in the long run, mistrust in New Delhi about Britain’s ‘pro-Pakistan’ leanings.
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