Indian TV news reports that US, Australia, and Japan, are luring India into group of nations designed to meet each other's security needs, if attacked by China. PM Modi will be given a one-time offer to join this group, before it officially takes shape, when he visits Washington, later this week. Personally I think the idea is a metric-ton of bovine defecation, because: The US is in no shape to support defensive military missions against China, with the trade-volumes between the two The group appears to be Tony Abbott's bright idea, because he is unnerved by China's transgressions into waters south-east of it. Abbott is highly unpopular in Australia, and he wants to sign off his tenure with a big foreign-policy achievement. So it's more of a "hey that fat kid is bullying each of us, let's all stick together during recess." Developments go in this thread.