No Malabar for Aus

What does India’s decision mean for the Quad?

India Keeps Australia out of the Malabar Exercise — Again

By Asha Sundaramurthy

In the aftermath of Indian Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi’s visit to China, India once again refused Australia’s bid to participate in the 2018 Malabar exercises. The Malabar exercises were first established in 1992 between India and the United States, but due to tensions arising from India’s nuclearization in 1998, it became an annual feature only in 2002. The bilateral exercises evolved from basic naval drills to include aircraft carriers in 2005 and added anti-piracy drills and search and rescue with a U.S. strike group and Coast Guard ships from both countries in 2006.

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