An Australian vision of the Indo-Pacific - Through a Strategic and Maritime Lens

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The idea of the Indo-Pacific as a single region of interest is specifically useful for Australia, because it encompasses all of Australia’s maritime surrounds. To the east, Australia has a long-held interest in the Southwest Pacific, including significant aid and development work. To the north, in Southeast Asia, through which the bulk of Australia’s exports are transported, the rules-based order and stability of this region are vital. To the west, Australia’s interest in India and the Indian Ocean is intense and growing, reflecting the growth in activity along the nation’s long western shore.