“Mutual defense position“
“With the access to information enabled by this agreement, as well as the decades of experience of our UK and US partners in the field of nuclear powered submarines, Australia will also be able to be a responsible manager and reliable technology“said Peter Dutton in a statement.
Ahead of the signing ceremony, US President Joe Biden said in a memorandum approving the deal that it would improve “mutual defense position“of the three countries.
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Under the AUKUS deal, Australia is to acquire eight state-of-the-art nuclear-powered submarines capable of long-range stealth missions. It also provides for the sharing of unspecified cybernetic, artificial intelligence, quantum and underwater capabilities.
The alliance angered China, which describes it as a threat “extremely irresponsible“weighing on the stability of the region.