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India refuses Australia for Malabar Naval drill, fears China backlash

Navy officials say that China has deployed at least 6 submarines in Indian Ocean since 2013

Reuters 

India has rejected an Australian request to take part in joint naval exercises with the United States and Japan for fear of antagonising China, which has warned against expanding the drills, navy officials and diplomats said. Australia formally wrote to the Indian defence ministry in January asking if it could send naval ships to join the July wargames as an observer, in what military experts saw as a step toward eventual full participation. Four officials from India, Australia and Japan told Reuters India blocked the proposal and suggested that Canberra send officers to ...

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First Published: Wed, May 31 2017. 09:19 IST
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