外文标题：To avoid provoking China, India leaves Japan out of drill with US
NEW DELHI: In the run-up to PM Narendra Modi's visit to China this week, India has studiously kept Japan out of the initial planning for the major Indo-US Malabar naval combat exercise to be held in the Bay of Bengal in October.
Sources on Tuesday said the groundwork being done by India and the US for the Malabar exercise "did not as yet include Japan" despite the two Modi-Obama summits in September and January agreeing to "upgrade" the annual combat manoeuvres.
"The next Malabar planning conference between India and the US is slated for July. Japan does not figure in the talks till now," said a defence ministry source. Instead, the India-Japan naval exercise Jimex, which was held for the first time in 2012, is being separately planned for November.
Both Washington and Tokyo are keen for Japan to join the top-rung exercise on a regular basis but India does not want to needlessly needle a prickly China, which sees any multi-lateral naval grouping in the region as a security axis seeking to contain it.
Suren Singh Sahni (Sydney)
India wants to sit on the fence and not upset the Chinese by excluding Japan from Malabar exercise . In Russian the Indian President was relegated to the back seat away from the Chinese President who was given a prominent seat. India will never learn from the history and the Chinese aggression.
SHRIKANT SHARMAnewyork (NEWYORK) replies to Jawahar Mangalampalli
even usa is readying it self to teach hot lessons to china.
Jawahar Mangalampalli ()
It is natural. Once bitten twice. Keeping Nehru's 1962 episode, India should be cautious till the genuine urge is also felt and realised by China as well.
China should lose this paranoia to make the world a happy place. Japan can take only on a weak China, not a strong one
Is India chicken?