India will for the primary time take part in a French-led joint naval train that additionally includes Japan, america and Australia, an Indian official mentioned Wednesday.
La Perouse will likely be held on April 5-7, lower than a month after Japan, america, Australia and India — 4 main democracies within the Indo-Pacific area — held their first summit assembly by videoconference.
The grouping referred to as the Quad is broadly thought-about a united entrance put up in response to China’s rise in close by waters. France has some abroad territories within the Indian and Pacific oceans, the place China has sought to extend its presence.
The French Embassy in New Delhi mentioned in a press release on Wednesday that India will participate within the joint naval train for the primary time, including that the drill will “present a possibility for these 5 like-minded, high-end naval forces to develop nearer hyperlinks, sharpen their abilities, and promote maritime cooperation all through a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
In line with the assertion, two French Navy ships arrived in a port in southern India on Tuesday. After participating within the naval drill within the Bay of Bengal, they’ll proceed to sail to Japan by way of the South China Sea.
Maritime cooperation between India and France has been rising steadily in the previous few years. They’re additionally set to carry a bilateral train within the western Arabian Sea within the coming weeks.
La Perouse was first held amongst Japan, america, Australia and France in 2019. Japan, america, Australia and India performed a be part of train within the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea in November.