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AUKUS – Ruffled Feathers For Some, Brought Praise From Others

Security Agreement between US, UK, and Australia

AUKUS is the name of a new security pact with the United States, Australia, and Britain. The purpose of the pact is to counter China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region. They hope to accomplish this by also granting Australia access to US nuclear submarine technology, which has only been shared with the UK back in 1958. It has yet to be formally brought out as a treaty between the nations. The AUKUS agreement ruffled some feathers, brought praise from others.

Diplomatic Crisis for France

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A new defence pact between the US, UK and Australia has blindsided the French government, which responded with fury to the announcement on 16 September.

The cumbersomely-named “AUKUS” agreement means that the Australian government has cancelled a 2016 contract for 12 diesel-powered submarines signed with France, which reportedly was not warned of the new pact’s existence. Australia will instead build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time, using American technology, becoming only the seventh nation to operate them.

The agreement also covers other issues, such as cyber capabilities and artificial intelligence, according to the communiqué…

The response from Emmanuel Macron’s government was unequivocal. In the early hours of 16 September, the foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and the army minister Florence Parly issued a blistering communiqué denouncing a “decision contrary to the letter and the spirit of Franco-Australian cooperation”. The statement criticised “the US’s choice … to sideline a European partner and ally”.

In a radio interview, Le Drian went further, denouncing “a stab in the back”. He added: “We need explanations.”

New Statesman UK

The Macron government denounced the new pact as a diplomatic crisis. Cancelling the ‘historic’ $90bn Australian deal with France was bound to be controversial. But then neither Biden nor his leftist handlers have ever read Dale Carnegie’s book “How to win friends and influence people.”

ANZUS partner New Zealand not Invited

Australia, New Zealand and the United States have been partners in the ANZUS security agreement for decades. The AUKUS pact appears to be an extremely expensive submarine purchase for Australia, and it seems to ignore New Zealand entirely. NZ may not have opted to join it anyway because they are ”nervous” about anything nuclear. But perhaps there should have been at least that option so they could say they declined. PM Jacinda Ardern welcomed the agreement, but said that NZ was not approached to join it and didn’t expect to be.

To demonstrate the depth of the relationship, the agreement highlights how “for more than 70 years, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have worked together, along with other important allies and partners”.

At which point New Zealand could have expected a drum roll, too, having only just marked the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS agreement. That didn’t happen, and New Zealand was conspicuously absent from the choreographed announcement hosted by the White House.

Having remained committed to the Five Eyes security agreement and having put boots on the ground in Afghanistan for the duration, “NZ” appears to have been taken out of ANZUS and replaced with “UK”.

The Conversation

China threatens Australia (again)

Relations between China and Australia have been extremely tense for some time now, particularly during the pandemic. Chinese state media responded to the AUKUS pact with fury. Australia has historically been a non-proliferation nation as far as nuclear arms, and they have emphatically stated that they intend to stay in that vein. But China believes the acquisition of nuclear submarines changes that stance.

However, no matter how Australia arms itself, it is still a running dog of the US. We advise Canberra not to think that it has the capability to intimidate China if it acquires nuclear-powered submarines and offensive missiles. If Australia dares to provoke China more blatantly because of that, or even find fault militarily, China will certainly punish it with no mercy…

Australian Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs Mike Pezzullo in April warned that “drums of war” were beating in a message to his staff. He said that Australia must be prepared “to send off, yet again, our warriors to fight,” according to ABC News. Once the Australian army fights the People’s Liberation Army in the Taiwan Straits or the South China Sea, military targets in Australia will inevitably become targets of Chinese missiles. Since Australia has become an anti-China spearhead, the country should prepare for the worst.

The US and its allies are messing up the world. They are even touching the bottom line of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Here comes an interesting question: Who is more capable of withstanding the global chaos? China or them?

The Global Times – China)

India and Taiwan have welcomed AUKUS as another deterrent to China’s incessant saber rattling in the region.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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