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European Union may increase military ties with India

European Union may increase military ties with India
European Union may increase military ties with India

The European Union (EU), in its maiden plan paper for India to be published on Tuesday, is expected to call for additional strengthening of military-to-military ties with Delhi and confessed India’s function to get a multipolar Asia amid China’s belligerent movements to control geopolitics.

Terrorism is a Significant threat for the EU and India. Countering radicalisation, such as online, terrorist finances and preventing brutal extremism are of priority for the two partners. Regular bilateral consultations on counter-terrorism must become a stage for joint examinations of risks, challenges and policy responses, and attempt to expand technical collaboration, the plan paper is predicted to indicate, ET has learnt.

The EU and India should collaborate to pursue common aims in regional and international organisations, such as in the UN, G20, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the worldwide Counter-terrorism Forum, especially on terrorist financing and terrorist designation list, the plan paper is very likely to imply.

ET has learnt that one of components in plan paper there might be reference to further build military-to-military connections with India, involving between leaders of the Indian armed forces and the EU military constructions, in addition to joint exercises at the background of shared security interests.

Future collaboration could include exchange of expertise in training, capacity development, involvement in operations and missions, and research to new defence methods, the EU is very likely to imply. The EU has chosen to improve security cooperation in and with Asia through tailor-made strategies.

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In oblique reference China’s belligerent strategy, EU strategy paper is anticipated for multipolar Asia with India playing an essential part within it.

At a review of BRI, the plan paper is anticipated to get references to connectivity jobs. The EU and India share the opinion that a way to connectivity needs to be environmentally, economically, socially and financially sustainable and offer a level playing field for companies, while respecting international standards and improving its own governance, the plan paper is predicted to suggest echoing India’s stand on the matter, ET has learnt.

The EU should seek chances, in collaboration with India and other Asian partners, to encourage cooperative and inclusive regional dictates and integration, using a rules-based strategy. This should comprise the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, the ASEAN, and also the Indian Ocean Rim Association. Cooperation ought to be enlarged with India about the marketing of shared principles, such as in the ASEM, like on connectivity.

The newspaper will even have testimonials on Freedom of Navigation.

Preventing sea lines of communications is critical for both the EU and India, since the massive bulk of the transaction relies on marine transportation. Both are powerful promoters of this respect for international law, especially the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

“Enhanced participation is necessary on marine safety to go over the unconventional security issues, including piracy and armed robbery; transnational organized crime; prohibited trafficking; collaboration at sea, such as in the operational level in addition to in law enforcement and conflict prevention; marketing of confidence building measures; and sharing of experiences at marine situational awareness, marine surveillance and data sharing, and possibly in collaboration with different partners and global organisations (e.g. UN). Cooperation about the Indian Ocean must be developed, especially on governance and security, construction on counter-piracy actions, and encouraging respect for the global law of the sea,” men acquainted with EU strategy newspaper clarified.

The newspaper is also anticipated to get references on India-EU trade ties an integral pillar in the venture. EU is India’s largest trading partner for a bloc.

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“The EU remains firmly committed to working towards a comprehensive and balanced agreement on investment and trade that’s sufficiently ambitious to react to every facet’s key interests and leads to sustainable growth and growth in the EU and India. Specifically, the EU will continue to participate with India to make sure that this arrangement will likely be economically meaningful, providing actual new economy openings in most industries to either side, and have a strong rules-based part,” persons acquainted with EU’s India approach stated, referring to extended impending Indo-EU FTA.

“The EU’s most important purpose is to work towards a solid, transparent, receptive minded, non-discriminatory and predictable regulatory and business environment for European companies trading with or investing in India, for example, security of the investments as well as the law and protection of intellectual property,” among the persons quoted previously said.


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