@CleoPaskal: Australian defense and security establishments are aware of the dangers of China, but the political and business sectors are [weak in face of Chinese financial blandishments].

Jan 10, 04:44 AM

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Cleo Paskal, visiting Trudeau Fellow, University of Montreal, and associate Fellow, Chatham House, in re: There are constraints on India’s growth. Since 50% of the population is under the age of 25, it’s an economy that has all the elements in place to grow, and is also a semi-protected economy (no Walmart, e.g.). Problem is that the govt gets quite involved in business; a [mad chaos] of taxes and paperwork. Bilaterals in the Quad are doing well—India-Japan; US-Japan. Australia wants to be considered a major regional player but if they can deliver is a question. Involved in Fiji in a training facility, working with the US in PNG, and buying frigates from France. Defense and security establishments are aware of the dangers of China, but the political and bz sectors are [weak in face of the Chinese financial blandishments.] Forward basing US mil out of Bahrain? The Washington policy change has given space to new voices to be heard: China is not only an economic entity. The 2+2 meetings in India. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/at-7-2-india-to-stay-fastest-growing-economy/articleshow/67428911.cms