- There has been a clear trajectory of Japan and India deepening their defence ties in recent years and the relations are bound to be promoted since India will include Japan in the Malabar naval exercises with the US in October.
- “The two countries are also exploring the possibility of air exercises,” an article by Lu Yaodong, state-run Global Times said.
- “Japan has attempted to follow the steps of its ally the US and meddle in the affairs of East and South Asia, and its expanded military cooperation with India is surely no good sign for the region,” it said.
- “If Tokyo continues on this path, it will certainly pose serious threats to the regional security and even dampen the common development of the region. Japan and India have to be careful about it,” the article said.
- “Moreover, after relaxing its self-imposed arms export embargo earlier this year, Japan, eager to open new markets for its defence companies, will have more cooperation in military equipment export with India that keenly seeks to improve its military capabilities,” it added.