China, India, Japan, US in Indian Ocean…

Although India and China are expected to become each other’s largest trading partners, the prospects of an Indian Ocean conflict between them are also increasing, with an emerging Great Game for influence. Of important developments taking place during the past year or so, one of the most recent is Japan’s decision to join India and the United States in their annual bilateral Malabar Naval exercises. On July 22, Japan announced its decision to take part in the Malabar drills. Although this is not for the first time, this particular year certainly comes with some geopolitical baggage that adds to its significance.

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