Australia likely to join Indian Malabar exercise


By Aarti Betigeri*

Australia’s strategy on engaging India has long revolved around the so-called “three Cs”: cricket, curry and the Commonwealth. In light of the changing status of bilateral relations in 2020, let’s add a couple more Cs to the list: China, and containment of.

On Friday, it emerged that India is very likely to invite Australia to join its Malabar naval exercises, a sign that shared national security concerns over China’s perceived expansionism in the region is bringing the two countries closer together.

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