The United States released a new announcement this week Collaboration With Australia and the United Kingdom to share advanced technologies. This deal provokes the wrath of France. Country Calls Ambassadors from the United States and Australia have returned this weekend.
Why? Part of the deal is that Australia will buy US nuclear submarines. The country is canceling a $ 40 billion submarine order with France. “The French are angry, and that’s very understandable,” says Danny Bronk, a defense researcher at Klingondale. “This deal is not one of them.”
So this deal is a financial rope for the French, but they feel they have passed from a military-strategic level. This is because Anglo-Saxon cooperation is seen primarily as an attempt to form a new front against China. A lead that France does not have.
Prong describes the deal as a transition to power transitions and an exacerbation of the struggle between the United States and China. “China is increasingly consolidating military power in the South China Sea.”
China considers the sea, which is rich in fish, oil and gas, to be Chinese. “They demand the region. The nuclear submarine allows Australia to balance.”
Prong calls this agreement significant, especially in conflict with international agreements to control the proliferation of nuclear resources.
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Jaime Carreman says Australia will have a major offensive force with nuclear submarines. Curren served in the Royal Netherlands Navy and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of MarineShips.nl. Ships do not have nuclear weapons, but they have nuclear propulsion.
“As a result, they can stay underwater for months. They can chase other ships and they are very fast. They only have to go back when the stock is exhausted and the crew wants to leave, because the reactor is constantly giving up. Energy.”
A nuclear submarine would cost billions of euros each. According to Carrman, this is mainly because of the high technology in it. “You have a small nuclear reactor on a small surface where people work near it. Then it has to be a quiet nuclear reactor. The latter is especially difficult.”
“One submarine is still very hard to find. And one torpedo can break another ship in half where needed. There is not yet a really tested counter-action against torpedoes.”
The Cold War?
Apart from France, the European Union also appeared Absolutely amazing By declared contract. The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have not told Brussels that they are working in a military alliance, but EU foreign leader Joseph Borel has said he is “sorry”. “I think it took a while to work.”
China, which owns dozens of nuclear submarines of its own, is particularly angry that the three countries are violating the agreement against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
According to Prong, it contains the kernel of truth. “Strictly speaking, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is primarily about preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. In this case, we are only talking about the export of nuclear reactors to operate a submarine.
In a way, there is a point when the Chinese talk about the Cold War. Brong: “There were all sorts of parallels with the previous Cold War, but at that time there was a different relationship between the East and the West. Of course there are similarities with these types of defense technology exchanges. The arms race is now going very firmly in Asia.”
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