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US-UK-Australia announce new security pact to counter China's 'growing influence in Indo-Pacific'

The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia announced Wednesday to establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that would help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines to counter the growing Chinese influence over the region.

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US-UK-Australia announce new security pact to counter China's 'growing influence in Indo-Pacific'

President Joe Biden, British Prime Minster Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in a joint announcement about partnership, agreed the US would provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines, senior US administration officials told reporters.

The three leaders outlined the deal in a three-way virtual announcement from each of their capitals.

“We all recognize the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific for the long term,” said Biden.

Morrison said the submarines would be built in Adelaide in close cooperation with the United States and United Kingdom.  Australia will not be fielding nuclear weapons, he said.

“We will continue to meet all our nuclear non-proliferation obligations,” he said.

Johnson called it a momentous decision for Australia to acquire the technology. He said it would make the world safer.  “This will be one of the most complex and technically demanding projects in the world,” he said.

The US officials stressed that the move, which comes as Washington and its allies are looking for ways to push back against China’s growing power and influence, would not involve provision of nuclear weapons to Australia. They said the submarines would not be deployed with atomic weaponry, but would allow the Australian navy to operate more quietly, for longer periods, and provide deterrence across the Indo-Pacific.

The officials said the partnership, which will also involve cooperation in areas including artificial intelligence, quantum technology and cyber, was “not aimed at any one country.”

“This is a historic announcement. It reflects the Biden administration’s determination to build stronger partnerships to sustain peace and stability across the entire Indo-Pacific region,” one of the officials said.

According to Australian media's report, the partnership is likely to end Australia’s attempts to have French shipbuilder Naval Group build it a new submarine fleet worth $40 billion to replace its more than two-decades-old Collins submarines.

SOURCE: REUTERS

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