Eye on China: India, US, Japan, Australia kick off Malabar drill

The ‘Quad’ countries of India, the US, Japan and Australia have kicked off their top-notch Malabar naval exercise off Yokosuka near the East China Sea, with China’s aggressive moves in the Indo-Pacific figuring high on their radar screens.India has deployed multi-role stealth frigate INS Shivalik, anti-submarine corvette INS Kamorta and a P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft for the 10-day Malabar exercise.