U.S. to form security partnership with Australia, U.K., including Australia developing nuclear submarine

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Washington – President Joe Biden Will announce on Wednesday that the United States is forming a security partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom that would allow them to share advanced technology and could be seen as a possible message of an offensive. China.

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The new partnership, which will be known as AUKUS, will enable the three countries to share artificial intelligence, underwater capabilities and other advanced technologies, and deepen cooperation on a range of defense capabilities. Indo-Pacific Area.

One of the first initiatives of the working group would be to help Australia develop a nuclear-powered submarine, which Australian media reports could bring that country down. $90 billion submarine deal with France.

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The senior administration, who briefed reporters before the announcement on condition of anonymity, said the partnership is designed to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific and should not be seen as a direct challenge to China. needed.

Relations between the US and China have deteriorated in recent years over a range of issues, including trade, intellectual property theft, human rights and China’s aggressive actions against Hong Kong.

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But, “this partnership is not for or about any one country,” said an official. “It’s about advancing our strategic interests.”

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Right now, only six countries – the United States, China, Russia, France, India and the UK – have nuclear submarines. The official said the initiative to help Australia develop a nuclear-powered submarine would take place over 18 months and would involve naval teams from the three countries.

“Australia has no intention of pursuing nuclear weapons,” the official said. “It’s about nuclear powered submarines.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the prime minister of Britain boris johnson Biden was expected to join virtually for the announcement.

Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.

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