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India and Australia sign military pact as China tensions rise

Deal grants access to bases and strengthens partnership with Japan and US

INS Shakti, a fleet replenishment tanker of the Indian Navy, is seen docked at Changi Naval Base during a visit to Singapore, May 2018.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India and Australia on Thursday signed a deal that will strengthen their cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and is sure to draw China's attention.

The "arrangement concerning Mutual Logistics Support," which calls for reciprocal access to each nation's respective military bases, was sealed during a remote summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison.

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