MAKING WAVES E-NEWS BRIEF: 18 NOVEMBER – 02 DECEMBER 2021

Japan, India’s QUAD partner, has been expanding its maritime engagement with Southeast Asia. It has augmented the capacity of the Philippine Coast Guard by supplying it with its second multi-role response vessel (MRRV). Parallelly, it has upgraded its defence ties with Vietnam by signing the ‘Japan-Vietnam Defense Cooperation at the New Level’. Further, this year’s edition of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force exercise, known as ANNUALEX, included Germany, the latest player in the Indo-Pacific and was conducted in the Philippine Sea, off the southern coast of Japan.

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