Aircraft carriers and warships from India, the US, Japan and Australia participate in the second phase of the Malabar naval exercise in November 2020. Photo: AP
Aircraft carriers and warships from India, the US, Japan and Australia participate in the second phase of the Malabar naval exercise in November 2020. Photo: AP
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Why did the US conduct a freedom of navigation operation against India, and what will the fallout be?

  • Analyst says US Navy’s decision to send patrol into New Delhi’s waters is a sign Biden administration wants to reiterate America’s position as a global leader
  • Such operations are common, but the fact that it was publicised ruffled India’s feathers – and that its vulnerabilities could have been exposed to China

Aircraft carriers and warships from India, the US, Japan and Australia participate in the second phase of the Malabar naval exercise in November 2020. Photo: AP
Aircraft carriers and warships from India, the US, Japan and Australia participate in the second phase of the Malabar naval exercise in November 2020. Photo: AP
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