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China is under siege 2020 : US Plans To Train Fighter Pilots of India, Japan, Oz in Guam

Us is contemplating opening its training facilities at the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam in western Pacific for the fighter jet pilots of India, Japan, and Australia – ostensibly to improve military cooperation among the four nations to counter growing belligerence of China.

The proposed National Defence Authorisation Act 2021 (NDAA 2021) presented by President Donald Trump’s administration to the United States Senate in the week revealed its decision to found out training detachments for the fighter jet pilots of India, Japan and Australia at the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. The move is meant to reinforce the interoperability of the air forces of the US and its three other partners within the ‘Quad’ – a four-nation coalition re-activated in November 2017 to create a bulwark against China’s hegemonic aspirations in Indo-Pacific.

The move comes whilst Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that the US was bringing down the number of its troops in Europe to re-deploy them in Indo-Pacific to form it sure that it's “appropriately postured” to counter the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), in sight of the growing belligerence of China, not only along its disputed border with India but also in the South China Sea.



Plans To Train Fighter Pilots of India, Japan

The US in December 2019 inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore for fixing a permanent training detachment for the fighter jets pilots of the city-state in Guam. Trump Administration has now proposed to assess the “merits and feasibility” of comparable MoUs with other US “allies and partners within the Indo-Pacific region, including Japan, Australia, and India”.
New Delhi is conscious of the US plan. it had been discussed when Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks in New Delhi and agreed to deepen defense and security cooperation, including through advanced training and joint war-drills involving the military, navy, and air forces of the 2 nations.

The permanent training detachment for Indian, Australian, and Japanese fighter jet pilots in Anderson air station will enhance the interoperability of the air forces of the US and its partners within the Quad and maximize preparedness to counter any threat within the Indo-Pacific, a source in New Delhi said.

New Delhi late last month cold-shouldered the US President’s offer to mediate between India and China to assist them to resolve the stand-off along their disputed boundary in eastern Ladakh. But when Trump and Modi spoke to every other over the phone on June 2, the 2 leaders did discuss things along the road of Actual Control (LAC) – the disputed boundary between India and China.

Though the ‘Quad’ first came into existence in 2007, it soon fizzled out. But it had a low-profile re-launch in November 2017 and senior diplomats of the four nations participated in regular consultations and involved “free and open Indo-Pacific” tacitly opposing expansionist moves by China. it had been elevated to the extent of Foreign Ministers in September 2019, with Pompeo and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar joining their counterparts from Australia and Japan during a four-nation meet in NY.

India lately quietly added a military heft to the Quad by inking an agreement on Mutual Logistics Support Arrangement (MLSA) with Australia. The agreement is meant to open up the military bases of India and Australia for every other’s army, navy, and air forces. India is additionally likely to sign an identical agreement with Japan soon. It had already signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with the US in August 2016.

The US has lately been pushing for expanding the Quad into a Quad Plus, roping in other democratic nations in Indo-Pacific – obviously in response to China’s renewed aggression within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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