India TNN television on 3rd March said, it is expected that the exercise of three countries will further intensify their tense relations with China. Because the joining of Japan, Australia and Singapore in military exercises of India and the United States in the Bay of Bengal in 2007 made China very angry. Beijing thinks that this is the security axis of Asia-Pacific region to curb its development. However, Indian Prime Minister Modi last year again asked Japan to participate in related exercises. “The New York Times,” dated 3rd said that while India is circumspect on strategic alliance, it has reached an agreement.with the United States and Japan on partnership for contending with China in the South China Sea
On 2nd , Harris in a dialogue session known as Raisina Dialogue, Indian version of “Shangri-La Dialogue” claimed that freedom of navigation is a fundamental right of all nations, “no country should consider that freedom of navigation is a threat.” He said India, Australia and the United States these “like-minded” countries can carry out military activities anywhere in the high seas. He also criticized without naming that “Some countries have attempted coercion by means of intimidation and bullying small countries,” at the same time expressed appreciation for India to resolve the disputes of the Indian Ocean waters by peaceful means. He said that the United States hopes that the joint naval exercises with India held annually expand into joint operations across Asia-Pacific, but this may make the direct involvement of India in the South China Sea disputes.
Harris said that the policy of the United States and India are in the perfect time to “converge”: “President Obama is implementing the strategy of returning to Asia-Pacific, Prime Minister Modi is implementing East policy, in near future, the Navies of United States and India will cruise in the Asia Pacific area, and will become a popular landscape.
According to “Newsweek” Japanese version report, the United States, Japan, India, three countries on 2nd “at the same time announced” that with in the year they will conduct joint maritime exercise near the South China Sea close to the Philippines. This will lead to further escalation of Sino-US friction around the South China Sea situation. This exercise has added Japan in addition to the earlier conducted US-India maritime exercises, making the scope of exercise enlarged.
An article of Japan Okazaki Institute pointed out that, to contain China, we cannot just look on United States, but have to rely on Asian countries, especially economically fast developing India, and “politically strengthening” Japan should play its due role. Japan-US-India joint military exercise will be beneficial to military cooperation and strengthening maritime safety. “If China achieved its ambitions, it is clear that it would not be conducive to Japan and India to form the regional order, for which Japan and India should adjust their policies and investments to the countries like Myanmar and Sri Lanka .”
Philippine GMA News on 3rd said, last year , the US-India military exercises held in the Bay of Bengal, was considered to deal with China’s move of increasingly tough regional posture; three countries will again hold naval exercises in the northern Philippines, at the time when the Obama administration is dissatisfied with China on its military deployment and reclamation of island in the South China Sea, it may worsen the situation of South China Sea. The Reuters on 2nd said, with the China’s declaration to strengthen the sovereignty in Paracel Islands waters, the United States also made more challenges to China, “the United States do not want to be considered weak against China’s position on the question of the South China Sea.”