AUSTRALIA TO JOIN MALABAR NAVAL EXERCISES, IN SNUB TO CHINA

India has sent an invitation to Australia to take part in the high-level annual naval exercises, which formerly included Japan, The United States and india. This move was especially pivotal due to current rising border tensions with china. “As India seeks to increase cooperation with other countries in the maritime security domain and in the light of increased defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Australian Navy,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that this alliance will be crucial in countering Chinese forces. It was during the second ‘quad ministerial meeting which was held in Tokyo where he quoted “Once we’ve institutionalised what we’re doing – the four of us together – we can begin to build out a true security framework.” The exercises are all set to begin in November.

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