WCD Times: India, the most Colourful country, which celebrates Colourful festivals of Diwali, Holi and Pongal etc also the oldest country in the world. India is also one of the largest, Biggest Country in Asia and 6th Biggest in Economy and 4th Biggest in Military in the world. Here are the Countries Supports India in terms of Military, Economy and Politics around the world.
India & Australia are both Commonwealth members. Sporting and cultural ties are significant. Australian cricketers often undertake large commercial ventures in India, enhanced with the IPL.
There are ongoing strategic attempts to form an “Asian NATO” with India, Japan, the US and Australia through the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. Even Australia’s parliament later changed and allowed for the sale of uranium to India, following changes in government. Closer strategic cooperation between India, Japan, the United States and Australia also began during the second half of the 2010s, which some analysts attributed to a desire to balance Chinese initiatives in the Indo-Pacific region.
Bilateral relations between India and Afghanistan have been traditionally strong and friendly. While India was the only South Asian country to recognise the Soviet-backed Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in the 1980s. India aided and became the largest regional provider of humanitarian and reconstruction aid. The new democratically elected Afghan government strengthened its ties with India in wake of persisting tensions and problems with Pakistan. India is the largest regional investor in Afghanistan, having committed more than US$2.2 billion for reconstruction purposes.
India-Japan relations have always been strong. India has culturally influenced Japan through Buddhism. During 1944, the Imperial Japanese Army helped Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army. Relations have remained warm since India’s independence. Japanese companies, like Sony, Toyota, and Honda, have manufacturing facilities in India, and with the growth of the Indian economy, India is a big market for Japanese firms. The most prominent Japanese company to have a big investment in India is automobiles giant Suzuki which is in partnership with Indian automobiles company Maruti Suzuki, the largest car manufacturer in India. Honda was also a partner in “Hero Honda”, one of the largest motorcycle sellers in the world (the companies split in 2011).
According to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s arc of freedom theory, it is in Japan’s interests to develop closer ties with India, the world’s most populous democracy, while its relations with China remain chilly. To this end, Japan has funded many infrastructure projects in India, most notably in New Delhi’s metro subway system and High-speed Bullets Train. Also, every year the Japan Self-Defense Forces took part in a naval exercise in the Indian Ocean, known as Malabar exercise, which also involved the naval forces of India, Australia, Singapore and the United States.
Historically, there have been close ties with India. Both countries signed a friendship treaty in 1949, where India would assist Bhutan in foreign relations. On 8 February 2007, the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Treaty was substantially revised under the Bhutanese King. India continues to be the largest trade and development partner of Bhutan. Planned development efforts in Bhutan began in the early 1960s. The Indo-Bhutan Friendship Treaty of 2007 strengthens Bhutan’s status as an independent and sovereign nation. Even more, their relationship becomes stronger when China intruded into Bhutan 2017, Indian Military aided Bhutan to chase away Chinese military.
Singapore is one of India’s strongest allies in South East Asia. India and Singapore share long-standing cultural, commercial and strategic relations, with Singapore being a part of the “Greater India” cultural and commercial region. More than 300,000 people of Indian Tamil “தமிழ்” origin live in Singapore. Following its independence in 1965, Singapore was concerned with China-backed communist threats as well as domination from Malaysia and Indonesia and sought a close strategic relationship with India, which it saw as a counterbalance to Chinese influence and a partner in achieving regional security.
Singapore had always been an important strategic trading post, giving India trade access to Maritime Southeast Asia and the Far East. Singapore was one of the first to respond to Indian Look East policy of expanding its economic, cultural and strategic ties in Southeast Asia to strengthen its standing as a regional power. Singapore is the 8th largest source of investment in India and the largest amongst ASEAN member nations. It is also India’s 9th biggest trading partner.
Indo-Canadian relations are the longstanding bilateral relations between India and Canada, which are built upon a “mutual commitment to democracy”, “pluralism”, and “people-to-people links”, according to the government of Canada. Canada-India relations have been on an upward trajectory since 2005. Governments at all levels, private-sector organisations, academic institutes in two countries, and people-to-people contacts—especially diaspora networks—have contributed through individual and concerted efforts to significant improvements in the bilateral relationship.
The two governments have agreed on important policy frameworks to advance the bilateral relationship. As of now, Canda has more Permanent Residence from India more than any other country with its new Express Policies.
Bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and India have been generally friendly, India is Sri Lanka’s only neighbour, separated by the Palk Strait; both nations occupy a strategic position in South Asia and have sought to build a common security umbrella in the Indian Ocean. Political relations are close, trade and investments have increased dramatically, infrastructural linkages are constantly being augmented, defence collaboration has increased. In July 2006, India evacuated 430 Sri Lankan nationals from Lebanon, first to Cyprus by Indian Navy ships and then to Delhi and Colombo by special Air India flights. Sri Lanka has supported India’s candidature to the permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
India and North Korea have growing trade and diplomatic relations. India maintains a fully functioning embassy in Pyongyang, and North Korea has an embassy in New Delhi. India has said that it wants the “reunification” of Korea.
France and India established diplomatic relationships soon after India’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. France’s Indian possessions were returned to India after a treaty of cession was signed by the two countries on May 1956. On 16 August 1962, India and France exchanged the instruments of ratification under which France ceded to India full sovereignty over the territories it held. Pondicherry and the other enclaves of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam came to be administered as the Union Territory of Puducherry from 1 July 1963.
France, Russia and Israel were the only countries that did not condemn India’s decision to go nuclear in 1998. In 2003, France became the largest supplier of nuclear fuel and technology to India and remains a large military and economic trade partner. India’s candidacy for permanent membership in the UN Security Council has found very strong support from former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The Indian Government’s decisions to purchase French Scorpène-class submarines worth US$3 billion and 43 Airbus aircraft for Air India worth US$2.5 billion, Rafale Jets have further cemented the strategic, military and economic co-operation between India and France.
India has a high commission in London and two consulates-general in Birmingham and Edinburgh. The United Kingdom has a high commission in New Delhi and five deputy high commissions in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Since 1947, India’s relations with the United Kingdom have been through bilateral, as well as through the Commonwealth of Nations framework. Although the Sterling Area no longer exists and the Commonwealth is much more an informal forum, India and the UK still have many enduring links. This is in part due to the significant number of people of Indian origin living in the UK. The large South Asian population in the UK results in steady travel and communication between the two countries.
The British Governing Body allowed for both cultures to imbibe tremendously from the other. The English language and cricket are perhaps the two most evident British exports, whilst in the UK food from the Indian subcontinent are very popular. The United Kingdom’s favourite food is often reported to be Indian Chicken Tikka Masala. Economically the relationship between Britain and India is also strong. India is the second-largest investor in Britain after the US. Britain is also one of the largest investors in India. After the BREXIT, India will become one of the biggest countries to contribute Billions of dollars into the UK Soon.