AUKUS: Strong reactions after the announcement of the US-Britain-Australia agreement

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The Chinese embassy in Washington reacted in the new security pact announced yesterday by the US, Britain and Australia, saying that countries should “shake off their Cold War mentality and ideological bias”.

The United States, Britain and Australia have announced the establishment of a new security partnership in the Indo-Pacific region that will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines as Chinese influence in the region grows.

Asked to comment, Chinese embassy spokesman Liu Pengu said countries “should not build blockades that target or harm the interests of third parties.” “In particular, they must shake off their Cold War mentality and ideological bias,” he said.

Paris accuses Washington of “inconsistency”

The US decision to pull France out of a submarine deal with Australia shows a lack of coherence at a time when the two allies are facing common challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, Paris announced yesterday.

The French Foreign and Defense Ministers also said in a statement that Australia’s decision to violate the agreement was contrary to the spirit of co-operation between the two countries.

At the same time, in a move that is sure to provoke further reactions, the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison confirmed the cancellation of the giant contract that his country signed in 2016 with France for the supply of conventional submarines, preferring to build nuclear submarines with American British technology.

“The decision we made not to continue with the Attack submarines and to follow another path is not a change of mentality, it is a change of necessity,” said Morrison, who also announced the purchase of US Tomahawk missiles.

“Blockade” from New Zealand to nuclear submarines

New Zealand will maintain a ban on nuclear ships entering its territorial waters as Australia, a close ally, has decided to develop a nuclear submarine fleet, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said today.

“New Zealand’s position regarding the ban on nuclear vessels in its waters remains unchanged,” Ardern said in a statement.

The United States, Britain and Australia announced yesterday the establishment of a new security partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, which will include assistance to Australia in acquiring fire-fighting submarines.

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