外文标题：India shuns China, allows Japan in Malabar naval drill
NEW DELHI: Cocking a snook at China, India will now include Japan for its forthcoming Malabar naval exercise with the US in the Bay of Bengal in October. But India will host a separate bilateral naval exercise with Australia, which too was keen on joining Malabar, in September.
The Indian defence establishment had kept Japan out of the initial planning for the 19th India-US Malabar naval combat exercise, leaving it to the PMO to take a decision on the matter. With the Modi government now giving the go-ahead, the trilateral planning conference for the Malabar exercise is to be held at Yokosuka towards end-July. “The formal invite to Japan is now being sent,” said a source.
Just before the Malabar drill, India and Australia will also hold their first-ever bilateral naval exercise off Vizag in the Bay of Bengal from September 11 to 21. The exercise will see Australia participate with frigate HMAS Arunta, tanker HMAS Sirius, submarine HMAS Sheehan, with India fielding a destroyer, a frigate and a tanker, apart from aircraft and helicopters.
A great move… We should start to reduce our dependencies from China.
PM Modi knows very well whom to make friends and whom to keep at ‘bay’.
Suresh Nayyar () 2 mins ago
Good decision to maintain peace in the area and check on the notorious neibhour.
5 mins ago
Once the Border Dispute with China is resolved, then maybe India could consider limited participation by China.
13 mins ago
China docks sub at Pak, India invites JAPAN, thats called t!t for tat, Congis should learn from MODI Govt. Good going MODIJI, the nation is with you, dare the Chinese, enough of shadow boxing.
13 mins ago
This is a correct decision for future…..
arkson1952 (India) 16 mins ago
Building tension with Chinna not a good idea.
barns () 25 mins ago
welcome to New India
52 mins ago
It is India’s prerogative to conduct naval exercises with friendly nations of its choice; including Japan for its forthcoming bilateral naval exercise is a good, bold decision. This need not be said as anti China move.