Japan to Join US, India for MALABAR

Australia, however, will reportedly be left out.

Japan to Join US, India in Military Exercises this Year

By Prashanth Parameswaran

On June 30, The Indian Express reported that Japan would be participating in this year’s Exercise MALABAR, which initially began as a bilateral naval exercise between the United States and India back in 1992.

The report cited unnamed sources as saying that this was confirmed at the seventh U.S.-India-Japan trilateral dialogue held in Honolulu last Friday.

If so, that would be a significant though not entirely surprising development. Although Japan has participated previously in three iterations of the exercises – in 2007, 2009 and 2014 – media reports had earlier indicatedthat its involvement this year was not confirmed.

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Source: thediplomat.com

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