China and France show anger against US nuclear deal with Britain and Australia
The four movers and shakers are under troublesome waters. China on Thursday condemned the new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain. In this regard, Australia, saying “such a partnership should not target other countries and warned of an escalating arms race in the region. According to the British news agency Reuters, under the new arrangement called ‘AUKUS. The United States and the United Kingdom will provide Australia with the technology and capability of nuclear-powered submarines.
A stab in the back China reaction
France, whose submarine deal with Australia has expired, called the plans brutal and unpredictable. The United States and its allies are looking for ways to counter China’s growing power and influence. Especially its military build-up, pressure on Taiwan, and the deployment of forces in the disputed South China Sea.
US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not name China in the joint statement, and senior Biden administration officials told reporters. The partnership is not about competing with Beijing.
Reaction of US to China’s anger over Nuclear
However, owing to the current situation Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Xiao Lijian said the three countries were “seriously undermining regional peace and stability, accelerating the arms race and undermining international non-proliferation efforts.”
Following the situation, he further added at a briefing in Beijing. China has always believed that any regional mechanism should be in line with the trend of peace and development. And help enhance mutual trust and cooperation.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has stated that “this agreement was not adversarial. It will reduce the cost of nuclear submarines in the future.”
Moreover, with the ongoing debates, Johnson told Parliament Now that we’ve built the AUKUS. We expect the development of other advanced defense systems to accelerate, including cyberspace, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and submarine capabilities.
A Morrison spokesman told Reuters: “This partnership has terminated Australia’s 2016 contract with the French shipbuilding group.”
France has accused Biden of stabbing him in the back and acting like his predecessor, Donald Trump.
This brutal, one-sided, and unexpected decision reminds me a lot of what Mr. Trump used to do,” Le Drian told France Info Radio. This is not done between allies.
The three leaders stressed that Australia would not build a nuclear weapon. Except using a nuclear propulsion system for ships to avoid the threat.
We must manage our own survival as others do
Biden said “We all recognize the need to ensure long-term peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific,”
Joseph Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said the new partnership, which was not consulted by the EU, showed the need for a stronger EU foreign policy. Introducing the EU’s new strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, Borrell said: “I can understand how frustrated the French government must be.