Australia will participate in Malabar naval exercise with US, Japan and India in Indo-Pacific region

In a significant move that comes amid a Sino-India border row, India on Monday announced Australia's participation within the upcoming Malabar exercise along side the US and Japan, effectively making it the primary military-level engagement between the four-member nation grouping the Quad.

Australia will participate in Malabar naval exercise with US, Japan and India in Indo-Pacific region
Malabar naval exercise

Australia will participate within the Malabar naval exercise, involving the us , Japan and India, to bring the four key partners within the Indo-Pacific region together next month, consistent with a press release issued by the Australian government.

In a significant move that comes amid a Sino-India border row, India on Monday announced Australia's participation within the upcoming Malabar exercise along side the US and Japan, effectively making it the primary military-level engagement between the four-member nation grouping the Quad.

The invitation by India to the Australian navy for the exercise next month came fortnight after the foreign ministers of the Quad held extensive talks in Tokyo with attention on enhancing their cooperation within the Indo-Pacific, a neighborhood that has been witnessing increasing Chinese military assertiveness.

Issuing the joint statement with Autralian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, secretary of state Marise Payne said that the announcement was another important step in Australia's deepening relationship with India. The federal said that following a call for participation from India, Australia will participate within the Malabar exercise. The exercise will compile four key regional defence partners India, Japan, the us and Australia in November, it said.

Reynolds said Malabar-2020 marked a milestone opportunity for the Australian defense (ADF). "High-end military exercises like MALABAR are key to enhancing Australia's maritime capabilities, building interoperability with our close partners, and demonstrating our collective resolve to support an open and prosperous Indo-Pacific," Reynolds said.

Foreign Minister Payne said that the Malabar exercise also "showcases the deep trust between four major Indo-Pacific democracies and their shared will to figure together on common security interests".

"This builds on the great Strategic Partnership, to which Prime Minister (Scott) Morrison and Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi agreed on June 4, 2020, and which I progressed with my counterpart, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar, this month once we met in Tokyo," she said."It will bolster the power of India, Australia, Japan and therefore the us to figure together to uphold peace and stability across our region," Payne asserted.

Participation within the naval exercise demonstrates Australia's enduring commitment to enhancing regional security, stability and prosperity within the Indo-Pacific, and increasing the potential and inter-operability of the ADF, she said. Australia last participated in Exercise MALABAR in 2007.