The United States has formed a new alliance with Australia and Britain in an attempt to strengthen military capabilities as the rivalry with China continues to grow.
As part of this new alliance, Australia will be receiving a fleet of nuclear submarines and cruise missiles.
The announcement was made during a video meeting with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
It has been stressed that the submarines will be nuclear powered and not nuclear-armed.
Biden stated that arming Australia with nuclear submarines would ensure that they have the most modern capabilities to defend against rapidly evolving threats.
Morrison also announced that Australia would be acquiring long-range US Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Morrison stated, “Our world is becoming more complex, especially here in our region, the Indo-Pacific. This affects us all. The future of the Indo-Pacific will impact all our futures,”.
During a visit to southeast Asia last week, US Vice President Kamala Harris accused China of partaking in actions that threaten the rules-based international order, especially its claims in the South China Sea where territorial disputes have erupted in recent years.
Described as “one of the most complex and technically demanding projects in the world” by Boris Johnson, technical and naval representatives from the three countries will be spending the next 18 months deciding how to carry out Australia’s military upgrade.
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