Japan, U.S., Australia, and India conduct large-scale exercises to control China’s growing military influence November 18 at 8:25 a.m.
The U.S., Indian and Australian naval vessels and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force have launched large-scale exercises centered on U.S. and Indian aircraft carriers in joint drills near India, with the aim of countering China’s military influence in the Asia-Pacific region in four countries.
The U.S. and Indian navys and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force conduct joint drills called “Malabar” every year, and the Australian Navy also participates.
After training by destroyers and escorts in the Bay of Bengal near India from the 3rd of this month, troops from the four countries began large-scale exercises on the 17th, joining the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier “Nimitz” and the Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier “Vikramaditiya” in the Arabian Sea off the west coast of India. According to the Indian Navy, the exercises are aimed at improving the capability of integrated operations, mainly aircraft carriers, over a four-day period up to the 20th.
The Arabian Sea in the training area is close to the Sea Lane, a maritime traffic route connecting Asia and the Middle East, and China has been active under the “One Belt, One Road” mega-economic zone initiative, and in recent years the development of submarines of the Chinese Navy has been confirmed.
The participating countries are expected to emphasize unity under the “free and open Indo-Pacific” and to show their willingness to counter China’s growing military influence in four countries.