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The stunning betrayal of France by America over nuclear subs for Australia signals a huge geopolitical shift in US strategy

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16.09.2021

On Wednesday night, America’s Joe Biden, Australia’s Scott Morrison and Britain’s Boris Johnson held a virtual trilateral summit whereby they affirmed a new agreement, titled AUKUS – a groundbreaking pledge to intensify military cooperation between the three Anglosphere allies, bringing them even closer by pooling critical technologies and research.

Chief amongst the headlines from this was the announcement that the US would now share its nuclear-powered submarine technology with Australia. The goal of this is to intensify attempts to contain China militarily, even though the three countries did not say it directly. However, the submarine pact involved Canberra abruptly scrapping a $43 billion deal with France to build 12 such submarines, a move which provoked outrage from senior officials in Paris, who effectively accused the US of betrayal.

The whole saga blows a hole in Biden’s bid to try and rebuild transatlantic ties with Europe, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stating: “This unilateral, brutal, unpredictable decision is very similar to what Mr. Trump was doing.”

This news is unsettling for Beijing and intensifies the existing arms race in the Pacific region, where tensions are already bubbling. Partially motivated by Scott Morrison’s election pledge and his thirst to double down on disputes with China for his own political gain, it also arguably pushes Australia’s relationship with China to the brink of no-return, which may have immense consequences.

But what is the broader significance of all this? It’s both win and lose for Beijing in that the Biden administration has now formally staked its hand on which allies truly matter, and which ones do not, in the emerging ‘Cold War’ with China. It is a ‘game, set and match’ situation for Indo-Pacific-facing nations, with Europe left on the outside.

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