China has strongly criticized the US-Australia nuclear submarine agreement, as part of the new US-Great Britain-Australia partnership announced by US President Joe Biden yesterday to “confront the 21st century and its threats”, describing it as “extremely irresponsible…”. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian added that the initiative also affects “international non-proliferation efforts.”
“The EU has not been informed of the US-UK-Australia alliance. We are in contact with partners to find out more and need to discuss it with EU member states to understand the implications.” This was stated by a spokesperson for the European External Action Service, Peter Stano, in response to a question.
Australia’s decision to build nuclear submarines in a new partnership with the United States and Great Britain was “regrettable”: this is the opinion of the French Foreign Ministry. “This is a decision contrary to the letter and the spirit of the cooperation that prevailed between France and Australia,” the note states. “The American choice, which leads to the removal of a European ally and partner such as France from a long-standing partnership with Australia, as we face unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, indicates a lack of cohesion that France can only regret.”
The US-UK-Australia Strategic Partnership (AuUkUs) announced yesterday with Joe Biden and Scott Morrison for the containment of China in the Indo-Pacific represents a “strategic pillar” for London in the new “geopolitical center of the world”. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this when he outlined the initiative in the House of Commons and also defended the joint decision with Washington to supply nuclear submarines to Canberra, at the expense of an earlier agreement between Australia and France.
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