Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom have announced a new trilateral security alliance, including a joint effort to help the Australian military acquire nuclear-powered submarines.
The leaders of all three countries while unveiling the alliance stressed that the submarines would be nuclear powered, not carrying nuclear weapons.
Joined virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden during the unveiling noted that the three nations were taking a “historic step” to deepen their cooperation towards ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.
The three leaders did not mention China explicitly in their remarks even though there are reports that the move is an apparent attempt to counter China.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian however slammed the new alliance as an “extremely irresponsible” threat to regional stability.