China is the source of the greatest security concerns for Australia and India, according to the deputy prime minister of Australia

China is Australia's greatest security concern, says Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles . Marles said India is Australia's largest trading partner for the region .

New Delhi: China is the main security concern for Australia and India, and Beijing's actions along the Line of Real Control in 2020, as well as in the South China Sea, were reflective of its increasing assertiveness, according to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, who said on Thursday that India is actually the largest trading partner for Australia and that India is also the largest trading partner for the region.China is Australia's greatest security concern.It's the same in India.To reconcile both things, Marles said it isn't clear.We're worried about Chinese conduct in the Line of Actual Control (LAC), or in the South China Sea, because it seeks to challenge the established rules-based order, which has been so vital to the region's survival.

Referring to the Galwan Valley clashes in 2020, the Australian deputy prime minister said China has been increasing its assertiveness in the South China Sea, adding that it is trying to shape the world around us in a way that has not been seen before.We are witnessing more assertive Chinese behavior recently in the last couple of years as we seek to shape the world around us.Marles said that both New Delhi and Canberra are committed to expanding the defence and security ties because his country sees India as a fundamental component of its worldview, where disputes between countries are settled according to a set of rules and in a diplomatic manner.The war in Ukraine is having a huge effect on global food supplies, and Marles said he will be speaking with India and the US specifically to see how we can help alleviate the situation as a food exporting country.On the South China Sea, he said that the AUKUS program (Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) is a strategic alliance and that, as well as the American and Australian interests, it should be extended (includes military bases for logistics support).