US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States has signed a new security and defense pact with the United Kingdom and Australia. The three countries will exchange advanced technologies to form a united front against China, even though that country is not explicitly mentioned in the agreement.
Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the new agreement at a news conference Wednesday evening. Biden said the deal should strengthen the three-nation alliance and make it more resilient to the threats of the 21st century.
A working group is created to facilitate the sharing of information about technological developments in areas such as artificial intelligence and defense. The agreement also means that Australia will soon be able to use British and American technology to develop a new fleet of submarines. Speaking of a “new chapter” in the friendly relations between the two countries, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “The first task of this partnership will be to help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.”
Australian Prime Minister Morrison spoke of an “enhanced” partnership. A partnership where technology, scientists, companies and our armed forces work together to create a safer region. Everyone benefits from that.”
France’s Naval Group called it a “great disappointment” that the Australians had chosen to engage with the Americans and British. The French company had hoped to deliver diesel-electric submarines worth more than €31 billion to Australia. This has been canceled due to the new AUKUS collaboration, Naval Group reported in a reply.
“Common Front Against China”
The media in Australia and the United States have already reported about the new partnership. The insider told news site Politico that the initiative is seen as a way to form a united front against China, although the country will not be explicitly mentioned in the agreements.
US President Joe Biden said working with the British and Australians should make it possible to meet “the challenges of the 21st century” together. He described the establishment of the American University of Kosovo as a “historic step” and noted that the armies of the countries had fought side by side during two world wars.
Sources told Politico that the partnership would allow the sharing of advanced technologies. During his speech, Biden emphasized that AUKUS also aims to ensure that countries maintain their leadership in the military field and in the development of “vital” technologies, for example in the field of artificial intelligence.
The Australian government is said to have conducted secret emergency consultations in the run-up to the introduction of the agreement. The opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, is also said to have been informed by the government. This is very unusual, according to the ABC.
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