Australia’s much-awaited inclusion at the Malabar Exercise-2020 reflects a hard reset in India’s foreign policy that was traditionally accommodative to Chinese concerns on the militarisation of the Quad. In the backdrop of the on-going stand-off with China at the Ladakh border, the Indian Navy has maintained a high operational tempo and deployed the highest numbers of frontline assets during this edition of the Malabar Exercise, as seen in the graphic below. India must build on this strategic vision and work towards including France at the next edition of Malabar, in 2021.
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