New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The just concluded Malabar Naval exercises involving the US, India and Japan is directed against China and won’t serve New Delhi’s interests, the CPI-M has said.
“What the Malabar exercise symbolizes is India’s becoming a full-fledged military partner of the US strategy in Asia which is directed towards containing China,” said an editorial in the CPI-M journal People’s Democracy.
“How this will serve India’s national interests is for the Modi government to answer. The military alliance with the US is detrimental to India’s sovereignty and strategic autonomy,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist said.
The 21st edition of the Malabar exercises was one of the largest joint naval exercises in the region involving 16 ships, two submarines and 95 aircraft from the three countries.
The joint naval exercise between the US and India began in 1992 and it marked the beginning of the military collaboration between the two countries. It became an annual feature since 2002.
“Over the years the Malabar exercises have come to be seen as directed against the growing naval might of China and its increasing role in the India-Pacific region,” the editorial said.
“This became more evident when India made Japan a permanent member in the Malabar exercises since 2015. The trilateral security alliance between the US, India and Japan is another dimension in the US geopolitical strategy in Asia,” it said.
“The US would like Australia to join the Malabar exercises… For the Modi government, bringing in the Australians would be the next logical step; this would be the quadrilateral alliance which the US is aiming for.”