The Navy is set to hold the largest multilateral exercise in this region, Milan 2022, which will see participation of all major Navies including Quad countries, Russia and from West Asia amid tensions in Ukraine and developments in West Asia.
This year’s Milan will see the participation of all Quad countries, with the U.S. being invited for the first time.
The invitees include all Indian Ocean littoral states and countries from south-east Asia among others.
India’s industrial recovery slowed sharply in December, with output growing just 0.4% year-on-year, and manufacturing activity contracting 0.1%, as per the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).
Electricity output grew 2.8%, while mining activity rose 2.6%. The IIP data also shows capital goods output shrank 4.6% in December while consumer durables and consumer non-durables saw output shrink 2.7% and 0.6%, respectively.
Growth in other use-based segments was marginal and couldn’t lift the overall industrial output trend, with primary goods output rising 2.8%, infrastructure and construction goods growing 1.7% and intermediate goods seeing a mere 0.3% uptick.