India, US, Japan and Australia hold Malabar military exercise

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 India, US, Japan and Australia hold Malabar military exercise


Australia returns to military exercises 13 years later

Australian Defense Minister Reynolds confirmed on the 19th that Australia will participate in the Malabar military exercise next month, ABC reported. Reynolds said that the Malabar high-level military exercise will become a milestone opportunity to enhance Australias Navys defense capability. Through the coordinated operation of various countries, it will demonstrate its determination to maintain the openness and prosperity of the Indo Pacific region. Aiming at China, Australia joins the US Japan India military exercise, AFP said on the 20th that the Australian Defense Ministers statement was a good hint against Chinas authoritarian forces.

The Malabar series of naval exercises began in 1992 and was initially a bilateral exercise between India and the United States. Japan joined in 2017 and became a permanent member. Australia participated in the exercise in 2007, but Canberra has not returned to Malabar for 13 years after being strongly opposed by Beijing, VOA reported on the 20th. The report also said that in recent years, Australia has also expressed its willingness to participate in the exercise, but India did not agree because of worry about the feeling of Beijing. The Malabar exercise will be held near the Philippines and Guam in 2018, near the coast of Japan in 2019, and this year in the bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

According to Indian media reports, this years Malabar military exercise will be held through maritime non-contact, but the specific content of the maritime non-contact method has not been disclosed, saying that the relevant parties will hold a meeting and consultation on this issue at the end of October. According to the Hindu daily, the joint military exercise between the four sides is ostensibly designed to protect the smooth passage of air routes, but in fact it shows the strength of democratic countries to curb Chinas expansionism in the Indian Pacific region. Even though Chinas navy is a green peace force and only operates in its coastal areas, it is important that the four countries, through military exercises, will seize the throat of the Strait of Malacca, a maritime channel for 80% of Chinas energy imports.

A spokesman for the Indian Navy said that Australias return to the Malabar military exercise would form a formidable defense force. Indian analysts believe that the decision shows that Australias position on China is becoming more and more tough. In 2007, the Rudd government withdrew from the military exercise immediately after a protest in Beijing, and now Australia is the right-wing prime minister, Morrison.

There are many concerns in Australia. ABC reported that Australia China diplomatic relations will be tense again after participating in the quadripartite military exercise next month. An ABC reporter said in the report that the security prospect of Australias surrounding areas is becoming more and more worrying. In the Australian governments 12 page defense white paper in 2016, China threat has been used more than a dozen times. This has also allowed Australians to experience an evolution in their view of China in the past few years. Various signs show that the Australian government has made up its mind to respond to the US demand for strategic deployment in the South Pacific and its surrounding areas. Many Australian people are very anxious about the increasingly inflammatory and belligerent remarks of its politicians.

Indias change is intriguing

Also intriguing is the shift in Indian rhetoric. Indias print news network quoted Indian foreign and defense sources as saying that at the foreign ministers meeting of the Quartet security dialogue held in Tokyo earlier this month, the United States, Japan and India officially accepted Australia to join the Malabar military exercise. According to the source, India was not willing to publicly announce the news at the beginning because the military and diplomatic dialogue with China is still in progress and India hopes to end the border confrontation between China and India as soon as possible and realize complete disengagement..

Zhou Fangyin, director of the peripheral strategic research center of the Guangdong Institute of international strategy, told the global times on the 20th that India was not enthusiastic about inviting Australia to participate in the military exercise a few months ago, but now it is taking a rather positive attitude. Its consideration is not to focus on the India Pacific strategy itself, but to use it as a card. India did not take advantage of the Sino Indian border issue, nor did it end well. Therefore, India tried to increase pressure on China from other angles, so as to gain more chips on the border issue.

An anonymous geostrategic scholar told the global times that Anti China is more like a strategy than a strategy for India, which can not only exert pressure on China to gain the initiative in the border confrontation negotiations, but also exchange the support of the United States and other countries for India in the post epidemic era by displaying the position of containment of China to the outside world, and at the same time, consolidate its largest in the world The good name of democratic country.

In order to show the indifference to China, Indian naval military performance has been included in Australia. According to a report published on the New Delhi TV website on the 20th, U.

Although some Indian diplomats told the Global Times reporters in India that the complete decoupling of India China relations is not in line with Indias national and diplomatic interests, it can not be ignored that the Indian governments internal hardliners against China have been advocating a breaking the bottom line policy towards China, abandoning the one China position on sensitive issues such as Taiwan and Tibet. In addition, despite Chinas opposition to Indias infrastructure construction in the border areas aimed at military control, India still goes its own way. According to India today, India plans to build at least 10 tunnels with a length of about 100 km in the Ladakh area and Kashmir region, so as to ensure that military and civilian vehicles can reach the main locations along the Sino Indian border under all-weather weather conditions.

How far can Asias small NATO go

Washington Times said on the 19th that Australias participation in the Malabar military exercise showed that the trump administrations action to promote the establishment of military alliance among major Asian democratic countries to contain China was faster than expected. According to the report, Japanese Prime Minister Kan Yiwei has just signed an agreement with Vietnam on Japans export of defense equipment to Vietnam. Analysts are concerned about whether Vietnam, the Philippines or South Korea will one day become members of the small Asian NATO.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }According to the analysis of Japans daily news, under the open Indian Pacific strategic concept led by Japan and the United States, the encirclement network formed by the four countries to China is bound to lead to Chinas resistance. Japans Sankei Shimbun said that Chinas leaders have clearly stated their opposition to the open India Pacific strategy. China has shown vigilant attitude towards Kans first foreign visit since becoming prime minister, believing that this is part of the idea of integrating ASEAN into the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Recently, when visiting Malaysia, Chinese State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi also criticized the India Pacific strategy of the United States. He sent a signal to ASEAN, implying that ASEAN should not be incorporated by the United States and Japan. Zhou Fangyin told the global times that the so-called small NATO in Asia is mainly promoted by the United States, and other countries are not very enthusiastic about it. The United States hopes to further attract South Korea, Vietnam and Singapore outside the four countries of India and Thailand, but the attitude of these countries is not very positive. In addition, the United States has not made every effort to promote the multilateralization of the Asia Pacific Alliance System, because the multilateral alliance means that the United States needs to adopt more multilateral ways to operate the alliance system. Us first is not feasible. In contrast, in the bilateral alliance, the United States can gain more benefits by playing its asymmetric strength advantage. So we dont have to be too nervous about the four countries military exercise. Source: Global Times editor in charge: Qin bailing_ NB17208

Japans Daily News analysis said that under the open India Pacific strategic concept led by Japan and the United States, the encirclement network formed by the four countries to China is bound to lead to Chinas resistance. Japans Sankei Shimbun said that Chinas leaders have clearly stated their opposition to the open India Pacific strategy. China has shown vigilant attitude towards Kans first foreign visit since becoming prime minister, believing that this is part of the idea of integrating ASEAN into the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Recently, when visiting Malaysia, Chinese State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi also criticized the India Pacific strategy of the United States. He sent a signal to ASEAN, implying that ASEAN should not be incorporated by the United States and Japan.

Zhou Fangyin told the global times that the so-called small NATO in Asia is mainly promoted by the United States, and other countries are not very enthusiastic about it. The United States hopes to further attract South Korea, Vietnam and Singapore outside the four countries of India and Thailand, but the attitude of these countries is not very positive. In addition, the United States has not made every effort to promote the multilateralization of the Asia Pacific Alliance System, because the multilateral alliance means that the United States needs to adopt more multilateral ways to operate the alliance system. Us first is not feasible. In contrast, in the bilateral alliance, the United States can gain more benefits by playing its asymmetric strength advantage. So we dont have to be too nervous about the four countries military exercise.