The American aircraft carrier USS Nimitz leads a formation of ships from the Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the US Navy in the 2017 Malabar exercises. Photo: AFP
The American aircraft carrier USS Nimitz leads a formation of ships from the Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the US Navy in the 2017 Malabar exercises. Photo: AFP
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Malabar naval drills: it’s Australia, India, the US and Japan challenging China, analysts say

  • The addition of Canberra to the annual exercises is seen as reflecting a growing clamour for a united front amid concerns over Beijing’s maritime ambitions
  • The same four countries make up the Quad security alliance, and India’s invitation to Australia comes as they manage increasingly antagonistic relations with China

The American aircraft carrier USS Nimitz leads a formation of ships from the Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the US Navy in the 2017 Malabar exercises. Photo: AFP
The American aircraft carrier USS Nimitz leads a formation of ships from the Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the US Navy in the 2017 Malabar exercises. Photo: AFP
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