The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom have announced a historic security alliance in the Indo-Pacific region to protect their interests in line with China’s wishes.
The partnership, in particular, will allow Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, which could affect a large order of 60 billion Australian dollars (approximately 37.3 billion euros) from France.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the new agreement, called “AUKUS”, will help the three countries share “advanced technologies, especially nuclear propulsion technology in submarines.”
The U.S. president issued a statement this Thursday on the “national security” initiative by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The US president has already proposed renewing US-China alliances, reiterating that the Indo-Pacific region is a priority.
Once the agreement is confirmed, relations with France will cool if Australia’s order is revoked. A construction contract expired in 2016, and French President Emmanuel Macron, promised to implement, provides for the construction of 12 traditionally operated submarines.
The total cost of the project, for which the French Navy Group is responsible, is A $ 50 billion (approximately 31 billion).
The deal was criticized by Labor in Australia for several months, denouncing its cost.
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