India, US to explore trilateral navy exercise expansion

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Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level:  Trilateral Malabar naval exercise

Mains level: Not much


News

  1. India and the US will explore the possibility of expanding the annual trilateral Malabar naval exercise
  2. The matter will be discussed when US Defence Secretary James Mattis meets Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday.
  3. The new US administration is keen to induct new members as part of the exercise
  4.  Two sides will discuss the possibility of inducting new members in the exercise, and Australia and Singapore are likely contenders.

Malabar naval exercises

  1. The Malabar naval exercises have evolved from a Indo-US naval exercise into a strong display of geopolitical force joining the Indo-Pacific’s three most powerful democracies.
  2. After Japan joined as a permanent participant in 2015, the exercise has received attention — in the face of an assertive Chinese military deployment in Indo-Pacific region.
  3. Earlier this year, Australian defence minister reaffirmed that Canberra was “very interested” in a quadrilateral engagement with India, the US and Japan.
  4. Despite Canberra’s keenness, India has declined Australia’s request to join Malabar 2017.
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