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Current Affairs, 19-07-2020, MALABAR EXERCISE

MALABAR EXERCISE

India is prepared to expand the Malabar trilateral naval exercise involving India, the U.S. and Japan, to permanently include Australia.

About Ex. Malabar

  • Exercise Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.

  • Originally begun in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the United States, Japan became a permanent partner in 2015.

  • Past non-permanent participants are Australia and Singapore.

  • The annual Malabar series began in 1992 and includes diverse activities, ranging from fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers through Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercises.

Significance of Australia’s inclusion

  • Earlier, India had concerns that it would give the appearance of a “quadrilateral military alliance” aimed at China.

  • Now both look forward to the cooperation in the ‘Indo-Pacific’ and the strengthening of defence ties.

  • This has led to a convergence of mutual interest in many areas for a better understanding of regional and global issues.

Both are expected to conclude the long-pending Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) as part of measures to elevate the strategic partnership

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