Boris Johnson is set to make an announcement on national security with the leaders of the US and Australia amid reports that the three countries have agreed a new alliance to counter China.
“Tonight at 2200 BST, the Prime Minister will make an on-camera address on a strategic national security declaration with US President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Morrison,” Downing Street said in a statement.
Politico has reported that the three leaders will announce a new working group, known as the acronym AUKUS, to help countries focus on key technical areas, such as artificial intelligence, cyber, underwater systems and long-range strike capabilities. To help share information.
It said sources had put forward that the “subtext” for the move was a bid by Western allies to “push back China’s rise in the military and technology sector”.
The joint announcement is also expected to confirm that the US will provide Australia with a nuclear-powered submarine, with Scott Morrison’s government abandoning its $90bn submarine deal with France, according to reports.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Boris Johnson