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Beijing warns AUKUS allies on ‘path of error and danger’ with sub-agreement – WorldNews WAALI

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BEIJING: China warned on Tuesday that Australia, Britain and the US were treading a “path of error and danger” after they disclosed a nuclear submarine deal.

Australia announced on Monday it would buy up to five US nuclear submarines, then build a new model with US and British technology under an ambitious plan to bulk up Western muscle across Asia and the Pacific Calm in the face of a rising China.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has emphasized that Australia, which joined the alliance with Washington and London known as AUKUS 18 months ago, will not have nuclear weapons.

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However, the acquisition of submarines powered by nuclear reactors puts Australia in an elite club and at the forefront of US-led efforts to push back against Chinese military expansion.

Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said: “The latest joint statement by the US, the UK and Australia shows that the three countries, for the sake of their own geopolitical interests, disregard the concerns of the international communities completely and walking further and further down the path of error and danger.”

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Wang accused the three Western allies of encouraging an arms race, saying the security agreement was a “typical case of Cold War mentality”.

The sale of submarines “constitutes a serious nuclear proliferation risk, and violates the goals and objectives of the Non-Proliferation Treaty”, Wang said at a regular news conference in Beijing.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog said it had to ensure there were no proliferation risks from the deal.

“Ultimately, the Agency must ensure that no proliferation risks arise from this project,” said the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi.

Moscow, which has sought to strengthen its ties with China, also accused the West of creating “years of conflict” in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The Anglo-Saxon world, with the creation of structures like AUKUS and the development of NATO’s military infrastructure to Asia, is making a serious bet on many years of conflict,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in televised remarks.

Monday’s announcement came at an event at a naval base in San Diego, California, where Biden hosted Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

With a US Virginia-class nuclear submarine moored behind the trio’s podium, Biden said the US had “safeguarded stability in the Indo-Pacific for decades” and that the submarine alliance would promoting “prospects for peace for decades to come”.

Albanese said the deal represented the single largest investment in Australia’s defense capability “in our entire history”.

The submarines are expected to be equipped with long-range cruise missiles, offering strong deterrence.

The Australian government estimates the multi-decade project will cost nearly $40 billion in the first 10 years, and create an estimated 20,000 jobs.

Albanese stressed that Australia was now only the second country, after Britain, to have access to US naval nuclear secrets.

Three nuclear-armed, Virginia-class ships will be sold “over the 2030s”, with the “possibility of going up to five if necessary”, said Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan.


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