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Australia to participate in joint naval exercise with U.S., Japan, India

Nikkei wrote that the government of India announced on Monday that Australia will participate in the annual Malabar naval exercise to be held in the Bay of Bengal and other areas in November with the United States and Japan. The paper wrote that Australia’s participation in the drill will symbolize the four nations’ security cooperation against China’s increasing military activities in the South China Sea. This will be the first time for Australia to participate in the Malabar exercise since 2007. The paper speculated that India, which is engaged in a border dispute with China, is hoping to apply pressure on Beijing by inviting Australia, which has trade tensions with China, to participate in the drill. Asahi and Mainichi ran similar reports, with Mainichi speculating that the four nations’ strong concern over China’s expanding influence in the Indo-Pacific region is behind Australia’s decision to join.

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