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Quad drills: Australia to join India, US and Japan at Malabar

Four countries eye defense cooperation in Indian and Pacific oceans, irking China

U.S. and Japanese sailors conduct a board, search and seizure exercise on the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain in the East China Sea in a past Malabar drill. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW DELHI/NEW YORK -- India on Monday said Australia will participate in its annual naval exercise with the U.S. and Japan next month, a move expected to give a boost to defense cooperation among the four members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or "Quad," while raising eyebrows in China.

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