Updated Sept 16, 2021 »
- France is not so happy » Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal » Reuters
- ‘Right decision’ to scrap French submarines but South Australian jobs will be lost – The Guardian
The Biden administration took a major step on Wednesday in challenging China’s broad territorial claims in the Pacific, announcing that the United States and Britain would help Australia to deploy nuclear-powered submarines, adding to the Western presence in the region.
If the plan, announced on Wednesday by President Biden, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, comes to fruition, Australia may be conducting routine patrols that could sail through areas of the South China Sea that Beijing now claims as its own exclusive zone, and range as far north as Taiwan. The announcement is a major step for Australia, which until recent years has been hesitant to push back directly at core Chinese interests.
» US, UK and Australia forge military alliance to counter China » The Guardian