New Delhi : 14 U.S. senators sent a letter to India’s special envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu, welcoming India’s decision to invite Australia to the annual Malabar naval drills scheduled for November.
They also played for the quad group amid increasing Chinese offense in the region and elsewhere in the world.
Malabar movements and quads consist of 4 people from the United States, Australia, Japan and India.
In a joint letter, the Senator said, “We strongly support India’s decision to officially invite Australia to the annual Malabar movement.”
They said, “Almost 30 years ago, the Malaba movement served as a springboard for promoting US-India relations. We hope that Japan will be included in the movement and now Australia will have a similar effect, strengthening cooperation between Quads. Jointly defend our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. “
Malabar annual maritime training began in 1992 as an Indian-American bilateral training, and Japan also joined in 2015.
It should be noted that the Australian Navy took part in training in 2007.
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The U.S. Senators who wrote the letter were David A Perdue, Christopher A Coons, John Cornyn, Mark R Warner, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, James Lankford, Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Marsha Blackburn, Kevin Cramer, Martha McSally, Josh Hawley, and Kelly. Lofler.
In Quad grouping, the letter said, “It represents a security forum for like-minded democracy to preserve and promote local rule-based order through common commitment and close cooperation.”
“With China’s increasing military and economic claims, strengthening the quads is becoming more and more important, and as the world resolves the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, China has opportunistically sought ways to expand its military footprint across India. -Pacific ocean. From the South China Sea to the Himalayas, Beijing continues to test the resolve of local actors using threats and territorial invasion methods. “
Earlier this month, Quad Group’s foreign minister called for formalization by Washington, but met for the second time.
China sees this group as anti-China and is calling it Asian NATO, something that has been ignored by its member states.
Quad has gathered in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, one of its worst natural disasters, and due to the coronavirus outbreak, Quad is working with other countries like New Zealand, South Korea and Vietnam to curb the spread. virus.