What Is Mutual Logistics Support Agreement
In the area of security, India participated in Exercise Kakadu 18, a regional multilateral maritime engagement exercise organized by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Darwin Harbour.  In addition, an Indian delegation was invited as an observer to Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019, an Australian and U.S. bilateral training activity, along with several other Asia Pacific countries.  India and Australia are also part of other multilateral naval exercises such as Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), organized by the United States, and exercise MILAN organized by India. India is negotiating only slowly with Australia on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Free Trade Agreement (ECSC). India is also not very interested in the negotiations on the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP). The report,”An Indian Economic Strategy to 2035,” commissioned by the Australian government in 2018, says That India and Australia are “too far apart” to conclude the ECSC in the near future and must instead focus on concluding the RCEP before returning to bilateral trade negotiations.  India, however, is reluctant to negotiate a RCEP agreement, fearing the negative effects of cheap Chinese imports on the country`s local industry. “The agreement provides the framework for closer cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan on the reciprocal provision of supplies and services,” he said. In a statement from Japan`s Foreign Ministry, he said the agreement would promote closer cooperation between the two countries` military and allow them to actively contribute to international peace and security.
 Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, “Australia moots logistics support agreement with India to widen defence partnership in Indo-Pacific region,” The Economic Times, 12 June 2019. India has rejected Australia`s bid to participate in the India-U.S.-Japan Malabar exercise in 2018. There are two reasons for this decision. First, India was concerned that Australia would repeat what it had done in 2007, which was the end of the quadrangle in the initial phase. Although then-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd expressed the reasons for his decision in 2007, Australia was the first country to leave the 1.0 quadrangle.  Thus, one could say that India`s suspicions were well founded.