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UK, US and Australia launch security pact to counter China

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Published: 12:50, 16 September 2021  
UK, US and Australia launch security pact to counter China

The UK, US and Australia have announced a historic security pact in the Indo-Pacific, in what’s seen as an effort to counter China.

It will let Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time, using technology provided by the US.

The pact, to be known as Aukus, will also cover artificial intelligence, cyber and quantum technologies.

It is the biggest defence partnership among the countries in decades, analysts say.

In recent years, the Western democracies have all expressed concerns about China’s growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.

The new partnership aimed to “promote security and prosperity” in the region, said a joint statement by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.

China’s embassy in Washington reacted by accusing the countries of a “Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice”.

The pact means Australia has torn up a A$50bn (€31bn; £27bn) deal it signed with France in 2016, to build 12 submarines.

What is Aukus?

It is the biggest security arrangement between the three nations since World War Two, analysts say.

While the US, UK and Australia have long been allies, Aukus formalises and deepens their defence co-operation.

The pact will focus on military capability, separating it from the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance which also includes New Zealand and Canada.

While Australia’s submarines is the big-ticket item, Aukus will also involve sharing of cyber capabilities, AI, quantum and other undersea technologies._BBC