The Quad Conducts Malabar Naval Exercise

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The Quad Conducts Malabar Naval Exercise

The Quad Conducts Malabar Naval Exercise

Recently, the navies of 4 member nations (India, United States, Japan and Australia) of ‘Quad’ i.e. Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Group are participating in the 25th edition of the Malabar Exercise. This naval exercise is starting from 26 August off the coast of ‘Guam’ located in the Pacific Ocean.

Overview of the Malabar Exercise:

The Malabar series of maritime naval exercises began in 1992 as an exercise between the Indian and US navies. Japan participated in this exercise in the year 2015 and since then it has become a trilateral military exercise.

Quad Group

  • It is a quadrilateral organization consisting of India, the United States of America, Japan and Australia.
  • All member states of this grouping are democracies with common interests related to non-disruptive maritime trade and security.
  • The idea was first proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzobe in the year 2007. However, the idea did not take off as Australia did not join the group.

Significance of this organization:

  • The Quad brings together like-minded countries to share information and collaborate on projects of mutual interest.
  • Its member countries share an open and Free Indo-Pacific approach.
  • It is one of several forums of dialogue between India, Australia, Japan and the US and should not be viewed in a single specific context.

China’s apprehensions about ‘Quad Group’:

  • Beijing has long opposed the alliance of these democratic countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • China sees it as an Asian-NATO quadrilateral alliance aimed at halting the rise of China.
  • Notably, the ‘Confluence of Two Seas’ address by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Indian Parliament has given a new thrust to the Quad concept. It has recognized the economic upliftment of India.

Source – The Hindu

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