Australia, U.K. and U.S. announce Security partnership
Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. have announced a new trilateral security partnership against the backdrop of China’s assertive actions across the Indo-Pacific.
In the deal announced by US President Joe Biden, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the U.S. will share secret nuclear technology to help Australia in the switch to nuclear-powered boats.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among key world leaders that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on Wednesday to inform them of the new partnership before it was formally unveiled at a virtual conference of the leaders of the three countries. Morrison also spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and was due to call leaders of several regional countries on Thursday.
Mr Morrison said the “next generation” partnership would help ensure the region’s safety. “Our world is becoming more complex, especially here in our region, the Indo-Pacific,” Mr. Morrison said.
And while China was not mentioned directly, the three leaders referred repeatedly to regional security concerns which they said had “grown significantly”.
Australia had in the past maintained good relations with China, its biggest trading partner. But the relationship has broken down in recent years amid political tensions.