‘2030 roadmap’ will further strengthen Indo-UK ties
It introduces the India-UK partnership on vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics and expands the UK-India vaccine center to develop distribution policy, clinical trials, regulations, research and innovations related to Covid-19, and helps ensure a fair global supply. by April 2022.
A new era is dawning between UK and India, PM Johnson and Modi are committed to bringing the economies, people and culture of India and the UK closer together over the next decade. The Indian government has elevated Britain to the rank of “comprehensive strategic partnership”, the first European country to receive this status.
The “2030 Roadmap” provides a framework for health, pharmaceutical and medical supply chains. It introduces the India-UK partnership on vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics and expands the UK-India vaccine center to develop distribution policy, clinical trials, regulations, research and innovations related to Covid-19, and helps ensure a fair global supply. by April 2022. Joint work will focus on health security and preparedness for a future pandemic, including through an India-UK zoonotic research twinning initiative to better understand, monitor and mitigate future pandemics. The roadmap addresses climate and clean energy, transport and nature conservation. A strengthened trade partnership and the intention to negotiate a free trade agreement to double trade between the UK and India over the next 10 years. New cooperation between British and Indian universities – Science and technology. A defense partnership with the British Carrier Strike Group visiting India later this year and the two navies undertaking joint training exercises to enable future cooperation on operations in the Western Indian Ocean. British Admiral Radakin, First Sea Lord, told reporters during a visit to his counterpart, Admiral Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations for the US Navy, in Washington DC: “This amazing thing called the high seas , this global common good, which allows trade and prosperity to flourish, exists everything. around the world. The Indo-Pacific is a crucial part of it. And therefore, we will seek to signal our belief in the freedom of the high seas and a free and open Indo-Pacific.
There is also a key role for cooperation between the ‘UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) and the Department of Telecommunications in India to strengthen the existing India-UK technology partnership to meet global challenges; realize the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies, the benefits of interactive data systems and the changing use of technology to overcome the digital divide, with a particular focus on the economy and society digital; cyber resilience and telecoms; health technologies; and promoting clean growth, smart urbanization and future mobility. These discussions will fuel a new ministerial dialogue on technology, with the UK and India agreeing to share knowledge and expertise on artificial intelligence, scientific support for policy and regulatory aspects, including ethics , and promote dialogue in research and innovation. Through Technology Summits, bring together technology innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs and policy makers to work together on challenges such as standards and governance of future technologies under the cross-cutting theme of ‘data’. “
It was also the UK’s turn to host the last G7-D10 summit in London, primarily to highlight democracy, freedoms and rules-based international order, and with partner countries to craft cooperation global strategy to counter the pandemic and the future, technological threats and the effects of climate change.
The G7 is committed to taking action on media freedom, Internet shutdowns, e-governance, freedom of religion or belief, rapid response mechanism, arbitrary detention and looks forward to discussions at the level. leaders on public companies with Australia, India, Republic of Korea and South Africa at the G7 summit in June in Carbis Bay.
The Group welcomed Australia, India, the Republic of Korea and South Africa as countries invited to advance common priorities ahead at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in June, including the participation of the President of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and support for ASEAN’s centrality and ASEAN’s outlook on the Indo-Pacific was seen as vital. The main commitment has been the strengthening of G7-Africa partnerships and increased engagement in the Indo-Pacific. African foreign ministers will attend the second G7 foreign and development ministers meeting later this year. And it is interesting that Dominic Raab’s visit to Indonesia put this archipelago in the loop, at the end of April the UK and Indonesia announced the creation of a new joint trade dialogue. Indonesia is a key partner of the UK, as a member of the G20 and the largest economy in South East Asia.
The G7 urged China to participate constructively in the rules-based international system, concerns have been documented regarding human rights in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong. China is encouraged to meet its commitments to act responsibly in cyberspace, including refraining from leading or supporting the theft of intellectual property through cyberspace. Taiwan’s meaningful participation in World Health Organization forums and the World Health Assembly was supported. The G7 remains concerned about the situation in and around the East and South China Seas and the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Maritime security and the promotion of a cooperative system of international governance for the ocean and seas received a commitment. In the paragraph on non-proliferation and disarmament, G & urges all states to counter the threat of the disease being used as a weapon, and commended the Global Partnership (GP) led by the G7 of 31 states, which supports the vulnerable countries around the world to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, to prevent the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons and related materials.
The situation in Myanmar was totally condemned and, in a striking gesture, the G7 confirmed that it was ready to take further action if the military junta did not reverse course, pledging to continue to prevent the supply, the sale or transfer of all arms, ammunition and other military equipment to Myanmar and the provision of technical cooperation.
The joint communique described Russia’s behavior as irresponsible and threatening, regretted the deterioration of Russia’s relations with Western countries, and sought stable and predictable relations with Russia. The G7 called on Russia to unblock the Kerch Strait, which prevents access to Ukrainian ports. Human rights and the systematic repression of opposition voices in Russia and Belarus were denounced. The security, economic recovery and European perspective of the six Western Balkan countries (Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina) were reaffirmed as a crucial investment for peace and stability.
The Communiqué makes two references to biological weapons and eleven references to chemical weapons, for their non-proliferation and disarmament, in the context of Novichok, Navalny, DPRK and Syria.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has had a very busy time since being seen as one of the UK’s closest partners in the integrated review, relations between the UK and Japan have resumed. Motegi said the British Aircraft Carrier Strike Group mission in the Indo-Pacific symbolizes the UK’s commitment to the region. After meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab, Motegi met the FMs of the Republic of Korea, France, the United States, Germany and the head of EU foreign policy; Motegi welcomed Berlin’s decision to send a frigate to the IPR.
The British press suddenly went into overdrive after the EAM tweet that he was isolating himself after two junior delegates from India tested positive for Covid-19. Boris Johnson has confirmed that all appropriate Covid-19 protocols are being followed and government business must continue. The PM and Raab took the time for the side meetings at Zoom Jaishankar and asked how he was feeling.
As an aside, this reporter will mention the global need for rare earths and how geopolitical tensions could interfere with a vulnerable supply as China controls a large% of the market. This market is set to explode as green industries develop. In 2020, the prime minister tasked officials with developing plans for “ Project Defend ” – a strategy to protect national security after the pandemic, which includes the cobalt, nickel and lithium supplies needed for the renewable future. of Great Britain. On Thursday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) underscored the need for government action to ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of vital elements for electric vehicles, power grids, wind turbines and other key technologies and advised Western governments to stock up. The UK may have plans to stockpile lithium carbonate, which in January 2021 was first produced in Cornwall, the location of the G7-D10 summit in June.
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