But China’s aggressive tactics in the Pacific and the need to provide security around Taiwan forced the United States to empower Australia, or even make an exception to efforts to reduce nuclear fuel use by military grade, according to Elbridge Colby, the former assistant undersecretary for defense strategy and force development
“Valid non-proliferation issues and concerns are balanced by the importance of addressing the deteriorating military balance in the Western Pacific,” said Colby, who recently wrote a book claiming that states -United should prepare for war with China. “If non-proliferation is to take a back seat, this is the right decision. ”
During a briefing, administration officials presented the submarine project as the first in a series that would bring Australia closer to the military alliance. Future projects, they said, could involve artificial intelligence, quantum computing, cybertechnology and solving supply chain issues.
But the point is, Australia has been a member of the “Five Eyes”, the intelligence alliance that includes the main English-speaking victors of World War II for more than seven decades. The other four are the United States, Great Britain, Canada and New Zealand. They regularly exchange information on cyber threats and various terrorist threats. Australia already has a significant offensive cyber capability and an extensive detection network, and has often been involved in operations aimed at countering China’s cyber capability.
Mr Colby said the decision to share the technology was a “big step” in combating China’s aggressive tactics in the Pacific.
“The only way we can rectify this is to focus our own efforts and more critically mobilize and scale up the efforts of our allies,” said Colby, who drafted the national defense strategy for the country. administration which emphasized competition with China. and Russia.
The partnership was the latest effort to challenge China’s growing influence in the Pacific. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin traveled to Singapore, the anchor of the US naval presence in the South China Sea, to reassure Southeast Asian countries of the investment of administration in the region. Vice President Kamala Harris also accused Beijing of “intimidation” while offering a Vietnamese delegation a coast guard to bolster the country’s presence in the region during a trip to Hanoi this summer.