President Biden is set to announce a three-way technology-sharing pact with the UK and Australia, including nuclear defense, sources close to the White House told Politico. Countries will meet to discuss “threats,” including China.
Biden is expected to announce a new defense pact, reportedly called AUUKUS and involving the UK and Australia, according to the outlet, which cited an anonymous White House official and congressman. It would focus on sharing information in areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, long-range strike capabilities, and even nuclear defense infrastructure.
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The US president is expected to make an important announcement regarding strengthening a defense alliance between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia at 7 a.m. local time, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Several high-ranking ministers have obtained rare exceptions to the ultra-hard confinement of the country in order to attend the “”hastily arranged»Meeting in the capital Canberra, according to sources familiar with the matter quoted by the Australian media.
Biden should deliver “brief remarks on a national security initiative, “while other issues to be discussed include how the alliance might strike back against trade maneuvers by China and others so-called.”gray area attacks“, the increased access to US missile technology for Australians, the controversial withdrawal from Afghanistan and the nature of future terrorist threats.
Although there are currently no US nuclear weapons positioned in Australia, some have speculated that the defense pact will involve the expansion of US missile infrastructure on the continent to deal with the supposed threat posed. by China.
The United States and China often accuse each other of increasing tensions and provocative behavior in the region by conducting naval exercises. The United States regularly conducts so-called “freedom of navigation” missions, navigating warships near Chinese waters, which Beijing regards as provocative military actions. Washington, meanwhile, accuses China of intimidating its neighbors by sending its military ships and planes to patrol areas near Taiwan, which Beijing sees as an integral part of the country.
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Washington has called on its allies in the region to help counter what it insists as an expansionist power attempting to indulge in provocation. China maintains that the US naval presence in the strait sends the wrong signals to Taiwan regarding independence, and that such actions are “”play with fire.“
Although there is apparently no explicit mention of China in the agreement, Politico reported that the deployment of AUUKUS was “another movement by Western allies to repel China’s rise in military and technological fields.Prime Minister Scott Morrison is due to meet Biden in person for the first time next week.
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