May 31, Wednesday : India has declined an Australian request to take part in joint naval activities with the United States and Japan as it is feared of China backlash , which has recently warned over expanding the drills , according to Navy officials and diplomats said.
In January, Australia wrote a formal letter to the Defence Ministry asking to send naval ships in wargames which will take place in July as an observer.
Four officials from India , Australia and Japan told Reuters that India blocked the proposal and suggested that Canberra send officers to watch the exercises in the Bay of Bengal from the decks of the three participating countries’ warships, instead.
As per Reuters, India is worried because China is going to set up activities in the Indian Ocean where it is building infrastructure in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, feeding India’s anxiety about being encircled, Indian military sources and diplmats said
“India is being careful about China,” said Abhijit Singh, a former Indian navy officer and head of maritime studies at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. Pr
Presently, India and China is witnessing quarrel over a territorial dispute in the Himalayas and China’s military support to Pakistan.