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U.S., Japan, Australia, India begin major joint military exercise

NHK reported this morning that the naval forces of the U.S, India, and Australia and Japan’s MSDF are conducting a major joint military drill in waters off India. The network said that after conducting joint military exercises in the Bay of Bengal that started on Nov. 3, the four nations began training in the Arabian Sea off India’s west coast on Nov. 17 with the participation of the USS Nimitz and INS Vikramaditya. The network said that the Arabian Sea is located close to the sea lane connecting Asia and the Middle East, where China is increasing its maritime activities under its “Belt and Road” initiative, adding that Chinese submarines have been spotted in the area in recent years. According to the network, the four nations are hoping to stress their unity under the free and open Indo-Pacific initiative and demonstrate a stance of countering China’s growing military influence in the region.

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