Malabar exercise: May include Australia

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  • July 10, 2020
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Malabar exercise: May include Australia

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II and III – International relations; Defence

In news:

  • India to decide whether  to include Australia in the Malabar exercises with Japan and the U.S. 
  • The decision, if taken, could bring all Quad countries together as part of the annual war games.
  • After years of reluctance, India said it was open to Australia’s inclusion in the Malabar as an observer. 

About Malabar Exercise

  • Malabar is an annual military exercise between the navies of India, Japan and the U.S. held alternately in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. 
  • The annual Malabar exercise started in 1992 as a bilateral event between the navies of India and the United States. 
  • It was expanded into a trilateral format with the inclusion of Japan in 2015.

Do you know?

  • Australia’s inclusion would be seen as a possible first step towards the militarisation of the Quad coalition, something Beijing has opposed in the past.
  • Japan and US have been keen on Australia’s inclusion and have been pushing India to consider it.

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