New Delhi: – As the tension prevails furthermore with China, India and Australia held joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean region. These are the fifth important naval exercises, near the Strait of Malacca, in the marine region of Andaman and Nicobar Island. Earlier, India has delivered a strong message to China holding joint naval exercises with the United States, Japan, France and Russia, in this marine region.
The destroyers INS Sahyadri and INS Karmuk, from the Indian Navy, participated in the joint naval exercises between India and Australia. HMAS Hobart from the Australian Navy participated in the exercises.
Relations between China and Australia are strained since the Coronavirus crisis and the issue of Chinese espionage in Australia also has become a point of dispute between the two countries. Australia has adopted an aggressive stand against China and Australia has also increased its cooperation with the United States in the South China Sea.
A message that India and Australia are together, against the Chinese domination and expansionist policies, has been delivered to China through these joint exercises. India has also reached the message across to China that India is ready to challenge China and the number of countries supporting India is consistently increasing. Moreover, as per analysts, these war exercises demonstrate that the cooperation between India, the United States, Japan and Australia, the QUAD members is becoming stronger.