Singapore: Canberra hopes to improve
relations with India as both countries have gone through a
painful experience after a spate of attacks on Indian students
in Australia, a former top diplomat said Tuesday.
"The scale of the attacks on Indians has taken most
Australians by surprise," said Rory Medcalf, a programme
director for internal security at the Lowy Institute for the
International Policy in New South Wales.
Highlighting the quality of education in Australia he
said: "Australia hopes to see an increasing in the number of
Indian students in the long-term though the attacks on Indians
in that country have become a painful experience between the
Speaking at a seminar at the Institute of South Asian
Studies in Singapore today he said Indian-Australian bilateral
trade growing, with India likely to become the country`s
second largest trading partner after China in the next two
Bilateral trade has multiplied by 10 folds to 20
billion Australian dollars these days from about 2 billion
Australian dollars a decade ago, said Prof Medcalf, who was
the Australian High Commissioner in New Delhi from 2000 to
But he remained short on seeing a clearer picture on
the Australian Uranium supply to India, saying it would depend
on government to government policy.
China also remains a major question in building
Australia-India security relationships, naval exercises and
Australians have to be sensitive to regional issues,
involving both the Chinese and Indians, he said.
More that 100 attacks have been reported against
Indian students in Australia since June last year.