Japan Air Self-Defence Force members greet Indian Air Force personnel at the ASDF’s Hyakuri Air Base in Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, on January 10. Photo: Kyodo
Japan Air Self-Defence Force members greet Indian Air Force personnel at the ASDF’s Hyakuri Air Base in Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, on January 10. Photo: Kyodo
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Japan-India’s ‘symbolic’ drills complicate China’s calculus for Indo-Pacific, analysts say

  • Analysts say the Japan-India air drills are mostly ‘symbolic’ but send an ‘important deterrence message to China and North Korea’
  • The drill is likely ‘an opportunity for both’ countries to evaluate the limitations and potential for military cooperation, say experts

Japan Air Self-Defence Force members greet Indian Air Force personnel at the ASDF’s Hyakuri Air Base in Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, on January 10. Photo: Kyodo
Japan Air Self-Defence Force members greet Indian Air Force personnel at the ASDF’s Hyakuri Air Base in Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, on January 10. Photo: Kyodo
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