THE QUAD IS FINALLY FLEXING ITS MUSCLE
Geopolitics|November 2020
THE QUAD IS FINALLY FLEXING ITS MUSCLE
India, Australia, Japan and the United States have come together in a joint military exercise in the Bay of Bengal. All four countries are wary of what they perceive as China’s ‘expansionist’ mindset

Called the Malabar exercise that started in 1992 as a bilateral India-US naval exercise, it became a three-country formation with Japan joining in 2015. This year, Australia is participating for the first time in more than 10 years – a sign of the growing importance of the group.

The naval exercise is scheduled in two phases. Phase one took off from the Eastern Navy headquarters in Visakhapatnam from November 3 to 6. The second phase is due to be conducted in the Arabian Sea in mid- November. Last year it was held in early September off the coast of Japan. This year’s Malabar Exercise has been planned on a “non-contact-at sea” format keeping Covid-19 protocols in mind.

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November 2020