Australia Joins India’s Mission Malabar, China Bound To Sulk
Australia will join Japan and America in India’s maritime cooperation annual initiative, Operation Malabar, in a step that will clearly irk China
Australia has given its confirmation to India to join Operation Malabar, an annual navy drill conducted by the Indian Navy with Japan and America. Now with Australia also in the picture, the ‘Quad’ countries coming together for the marine exercise on the Bay of Bengal are likely raise concerns for China.
According to the Indian Ministry of Defence, the inclusion of the western island continent is a step towards increasing cooperation with other countries for maritime security. Prior to this, Australia had participated in the exercise in 2007, much to the dismay of China.
Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said that the Malabar Mission is a great opportunity for four democracies to work together towards enhancing common security interests.
With India’s escalating tensions with China in Eastern Ladakh, this collaboration between the nations is bound to irk the Xi Jinping government, that had disagreed to participate in the initiative when it was approached by India earlier.
The Chinese government’s expansionist policies has led to deteriorating relations with not just India but also the United States. Amidst the American-Chinese trade war, US displayed its power to China by conducting several missile tests at the South China Sea.
Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia have also faced trouble from the second largest Asian country, which has led them to distance themselves from China.
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