December 22, 2013
THE ANGLOSPHERIC ANACONDA:
India and Japan Begin Joint Naval Exercises (SANTANU CHOUDHURY, Dec. 19, 2013, WSJ)
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 22, 2013 11:49 AMIndian and Japanese navy ships started their first-ever joint exercises in Indian waters as the countries took steps to tighten military ties at a time when both are facing territorial disputes with China.Two destroyers from Japan joined three ships from the Indian Navy Thursday for the start of four days of military exercises in the Bay of Bengal. The exercises will be the second for the navies of the two countries. The first exercise was off the coast of Tokyo in June of last year. [...]Relations between India and Japan have been on the rise of late, with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visiting India in the last month to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and India. India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Tokyo in May.