China hopes Malabar exercise not aimed at any third country

The annual naval Malabar exercises involving the aircraft carriers of the US, Indian and Japanese navies are reported to be held from July 10 in the Bay of Bengal.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 7, 2017 7:44 pm
Malabar war games, Malabar Indian Navy, Malabar games Indian Ocean India’s INS Vikramaditya along with US aircraft carrier Nimitiz and Japan’s helicopter carrier Izumo are also due to take part in the exercises, stated to be biggest involving the three countries.(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Amid rising tensions between the Indian and Chinese armies at the Bhutan border, China on Friday cautiously reacted to Malabar exercises between the navies of India, the US and Japan, saying it has “no objection” to normal cooperation and hoped that it was not directed against any third country. The Chinese media in the past had alleged that the exercises were aimed at China.

The annual naval exercises involving the aircraft carriers of the US, Indian and Japanese navies are reported to be held from July 10 in the Indian Ocean. According to a PTI report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “As we have said before, we have no objection to normal bilateral relationship and cooperation between relevant countries.”

“We hope that this kind of relationship and cooperation will not be directed against any third country and that it will be conducive to the regional peace and security,” Geng added. The annual exercise will witness around 15 warships, two submarines, numerous fighter planes, helicopters and surveillance aircraft participating. India’s INS Vikramaditya along with US aircraft carrier Nimitiz and Japan’s helicopter carrier Izumo are also due to take part in the exercises, stated to be biggest involving the three countries.

China has been closely monitoring the developments in the Indian Ocean and has been wary of the naval Malabar exercise, especially after Japan joined the bilateral exercise between India and the US in 2015.

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    Nitin
    Jul 9, 2017 at 11:27 pm
    This exercise has been canceled
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    news critic
    Jul 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    Hi china, wake up call! Fyi the exercise is aimed only towards you incase you have not noticed. In few years Australia and Singapore will also join as permanent member. So be prepared for future Asian NATO type alliance if you don't mend your ways and learn to live peacefully with your neighbors. Note: There are only few things money can buy. For everything else there is India to block your ed ambitions.
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    Bert Brech
    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:38 am
    Go boil your head, China.
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    MyTake
    Jul 8, 2017 at 1:44 am
    There is a saying in Russian, "Do not have 100 Rubles but have 100 friends"! It's a great wisdom and belongs to the store house of humanity!
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    MyTake
    Jul 8, 2017 at 1:42 am
    It's an exercise of goodwill of democracy and all democracy aspiring nations should in fact join it to show their commitments to human and very natural cause.
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    MyTake
    Jul 8, 2017 at 1:39 am
    Australia should have been part of this exercise. Hope in future that happens - it's a natural thing to happen! Hangover with "unnatural" "Social Engineering" policies are thing of the past and they should be discarded to build an even stronger footing.
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