Recently a key met was held by Ministry Of defense on the issue of inviting Australia o the Malabar exercise. The Malabar exercise started in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and USA, it became trilateral with Japan joining in 2015, and decision to invite Australia comes at a time when India and China are engaged in LAC. India and Australia has already elevated their partnership to a comprehensive strategic partnership level. Inclusion of Australia in Malabar exercise can interpreted as a measure to counter China’s a aggressive posture in Indian Ocean. This news is related to the topic India and its neighborhood relation of GS 2. Details about Malabar exercise can be important for prelims, whereas its significance, need can be important for mains.
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