[Commentary] Germany and Australia Hold “2+2” Talks to Enhance Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region and to Counteract the CCP

Author: MOS Fitness Group — Ivy001

On June 10th, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer,  Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and Defense Minister Peter Dutton held the second “2+2” security policy consultation meeting between the two countries.  The two sides agreed that Germany’s focus on implementing its new Indo-Pacific Policy Guidelines to strengthen its engagement in the region provides an important opportunity to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

The ministers discussed the situation in the South China Sea, emphasizing the centrality of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and reaffirming that the 2016 South China Sea arbitration is final and binding on all parties. Australia welcomed Germany’s deployment of a frigate to the Indo-Pacific region in the second half of 2021.

“Australia and Germany are strategic partners with global responsibilities,” Payne wrote via Twitter after the meeting. “At our meeting today, Maas and I signed on to a strengthened strategic partnership and will advance our shared strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific region and the global rule-based order.”

Due to the effects of World War II, Germany’s military power is limited and it cannot deploy its navy in the world’s oceans like the U.S., Britain and other allied forces can. This time, Australia welcomes the deployment of a German frigate in the Indo-Pacific region, signifying that German naval forces can be allowed to enter the Indo-Pacific region and deploy routinely. This is a symbol of Germany’s recognition by the Indo-Pacific Alliance.

It is widely-known that Australia is the country that confronts the CCP most fiercely in the Indo-Pacific region, and Australia has been at the forefront of the fight against the CCP. Germany, on the other hand, is one of the countries that has been most deeply involved with the CCP, and has been having close relations with it. Now, Germany and Australia are discussing the issue of the CCP together and joining the strategic deployment of the Indo-Pacific region to counter the CCP. This means Germany has abandoned the CCP, joined the anti-CCP alliance, and contributed to the anti-CCP effort.

Obviously, it has become mainstream in the world to counteract the CCP, and recognize the need for justice.

Picture source: RFI

https://www.rfi.fr/cn/亚洲/20210611-德澳举行2-2会谈-增强在印太地区合作-探讨中国问题

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