United States Proposes New Naval Fleet for the Indo-Pacific

The highly successful Exercise Malabar 2020 recently concluded in the Arabian Sea and was significant because all the Quad Navies participated in it after a gap of 13 years. However, questions are being raised as to whether Quad will be able to sustain this momentum in future. All eyes are on the Biden Administration to see whether it signals a continuing commitment to Quad…

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China’s Secret Weapons: Can They Destroy Aircraft Carriers?

The Chinese military have for years boasted of a magic weapon capable of destroying aircraft carriers from a long range. This magic weapon comes under the category of weapons dubbed the Shashoujian, or “Assassin’s Mace” by the PLA. The “Assassin’s Mace” term is used to designate a wide array of technologies that might afford an inferior military an advantage in a conflict with…

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Quad 2.0: Robustly Countering Pax Sinica

Quadrilateral Security Forum (Quad)  In Nov 2020, Australian Naval ship HMAS Ballart joined the navies of the US, India and Japan in the 2020 edition of the Malabar Naval Exercise in the Indian Ocean. The re-inclusion of Australia in Exercise Malabar under the auspices of Quadrilateral Security Forum (Quad) has raised fresh hopes of countering China in the Indo-Pacific. The Quad was conceived in…

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