The United States enters into a new partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom on the sharing of advanced technologies. This was announced by President Biden and Prime Minister Johnson and Morrison at a joint press conference.
Under the name AUKUS, the three countries will exchange information and knowledge in the field of artificial intelligence and defense. The partnership’s first mission is to help Australia build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.
Australia cancels $90 billion submarine order with France for this purpose, news site reports Politico. Instead, a new fleet of nuclear submarines manufactured in the United States is now being purchased.
The agreement is seen as a move by the Allies to unite against China, curb the rise of China’s defense technology, and collectively create a kind of technological superpower.
The United Kingdom and the United States have been sharing information about the development of new submarines for some time. Involving Australia in this program could represent an important step forward in increasing its influence in the Pacific.
Prime Minister Johnson speaks of a “new chapter” in the friendly relations between the two countries. President Biden emphasizes that all parties involved understand the long-term benefit of stability in the Indo-Pacific region for all and that this agreement contributes to that.
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