April 18, 2007


Howard can make history with Indian alliance: The Prime Minister has good reasons to cement an important new strategic and economic relationship with the world's largest democracy (Greg Sheridan, April 19, 2007, The Australian)

THE proposed four-way strategic dialogue involving the US, Japan, India and Australia, which caused such a furore when it was first revealed in The Australian while John Howard was in Tokyo, is set to go ahead after all.
It is just one of a series of moves the Howard Government might make that, taken together, could provide an inestimably beneficial strategic transformation in the Australia-India relationship.

India is as big a challenge and opportunity for Australia as China has recently been, and as Japan has been for the past 50 years. India's economy is just about growing as fast as China's, but its demographic profile is conducive to its growing fast for much longer than China, because its population is so much younger.

Anyone who loves freedom has a stake in the success of the Indian development model: to show that a giant, poor country can achieve economic development and poverty reduction while remaining a liberal, secular democracy. India's credentials in all this are impeccable. Though an overwhelmingly Hindu country, India has a Sikh Prime Minister and a Muslim President; you can't do much better than that.

One thing the Indian relationship has lacked in Australian politics is a single-minded champion at the most senior level.

Fortunately, they've found that leader in W.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2007 11:42 AM

Howard seems to be the embodiment of Winston Churchill. No PC pussyfooting around - and deft political maneuvering on all fronts. If only the Mother Country could find such leadership - but I fear 'tis too late. Englistan is on the rise - England is slowly dying.

Posted by: obc at April 18, 2007 1:40 PM