- In a move that is sure to raise eyebrows in Beijing, four Indian warships will join the navies of the United States and Japan in the second half of June for the next edition of Malabar exercises east of Okinawa, a Japanese island.
- Exercise Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.
- Originally only a bilateral exercise between India and the U.S., Japan became a permanent partner of the exercise in 2015.
- Past non-permanent participants are Australia and Singapore.
- The annual Malabar series began in 1992, and includes diverse activities, ranging from fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers, through Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercises
Australia wants to join too
- Australia has repeatedly expressed interest in joining Malabar on a permanent basis and the United States had been pushing its inclusion, but India has so far resisted the move so as not to antagonise China.