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India, US and Japan begin war games, and China hears a message

The annual series of naval exercises, known as the Malabar series, began in 1992

Hari Kumar & Ellen Barry | NYT 

The navies of India, Japan and the United States began a set of war games on Monday with a particular target: submarines capable of sliding unannounced into the deep waters of the Indian Ocean, silently taking positions near the Indian coastline. It is not a mystery whose submarines are at issue. Last month, the Indian Navy announced a plan to permanently station warships to monitor movement through the Strait of Malacca, where many Chinese vessels enter from the South China Sea. And in recent weeks, navy officials here have reported a “surge” of Chinese military vessels ...

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 10:27 IST