The exercise comes when China is pushing for greater influence, and Chinese warships are increasing their presence in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.


This article by Hindustan Times makes the following points:
  • India, the US, Japan and Australia have kicked off the Malabar naval drills, with top officials of the Quad navies attending the opening ceremony.
  • The drills are aimed at strengthening interoperability among the participating navies.
  • Malabar began as an annual bilateral naval exercise between India and the US in 1992, and it has increased in scope and complexity over the years.


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