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Submarines, Australia sign agreement with US and UK – Oceania

(ANSA) – SYDNEY, November 22 – Australia today formally launched the disputed program to equip itself with nuclear-powered submarines as part of a new defense alliance with the United Kingdom and the United States. Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton has signed an agreement with British and US diplomats allowing the exchange of “Nautical Nuclear Propulsion Information” between their two countries.

This is the first agreement signed and announced since the three countries announced their new defense alliance called Aukus in September to address the rising strategic tensions between the United States and China in the Pacific.

This alliance accompanied Australia’s cancellation of a massive contract to buy twelve French conventional-propelled submarines worth A$90 billion (€55 billion), sparking a heated dispute between Paris and Canberra. (Dealing).

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