China’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Australia on Tuesday for announcing an agreement, along with America and the United Kingdom, to modernize its submarine fleet with large purchases of US nuclear-powered submarines, starting in the early 2000s.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin claimed Australia’s possession of the ships – which US President Joe Biden insisted Monday would be nuclear-powered, but not equipped with nuclear weapons – would create a “severe proliferation risk” and put the world on “a path of error and danger”.
The agreement announced in San Diego, California, on Monday — in the presence of Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese — was born to an alliance that the Biden administration has dubbed AUKUS, named after the three countries, and aimed at protecting “the Indian Oceans.” And the quiet.” The Chinese Communist Party views the alliance as a direct threat to its ambitions in the South China Sea, where Beijing illegally claims territory belonging to five different countries, not including Chinese waters.
AUKUS was formed in 2021 and resulted in a diplomatic crisis after Australia abruptly scrapped a deal to buy nuclear submarines from France, prompting Paris to pull its ambassadors from America and Australia and loudly protest that the US submarine deal was a “stab in the back.”
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“The ultimate goal is not just to sell submarines to Australia, but to develop something new together,” Biden said He said Officially rolling out the deal on Monday. “We’re calling it SSN-AUKUS. This new, modern, conventionally armed nuclear-powered submarine that’s going to work — that will combine the American submarine — British submarine technology and design with American technology.”
“Simply put, we are putting ourselves in the strongest possible position to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow together,” Biden said, insisting the deal was no threat to the region, and describing China as a country that would benefit from Canberra-Washington cooperation.
the agreement consists From Australia it bought up to five US nuclear-powered submarines in the 1930s and then built its own, with American help. According to the Australian government, Canberra will spend up to $245 billion on the project. The French project that the Australian government abandoned to accept the American deal would have cost about $66 billion. It is believed that Australia committed to paying France a cancellation fee on the contract signed for its nuclear submarines.
Asked about the deal announced Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin rejected any argument that Australia’s military ambitions would lead to a positive outcome for the region.
“The recent joint statement by the US, UK and Australia shows that the three countries, in pursuit of their own geopolitical interests, completely ignore the concerns of the international community,” He saidAnd they walk more and more on the path of error and danger.
Wang claimed that the submarines to be built create a “severe proliferation risk” despite their lack of nuclear weapons and a “violation of[d] The goals and objectives of the NPT.
The Chinese government regularly demands that the United States and its nuclear-armed allies destroy their arsenals. In December, the State Department directly asked America to “make substantial and substantial reductions in its nuclear arsenal” and to pursue “complete and comprehensive nuclear disarmament.”
In contrast, Chinese state media demanded that China “rapidly increase the number of authorized nuclear warheads”. China seeks to quadruple its arsenal of nuclear warheads by 2035, the Pentagon warned in a November report. China is also North Korea’s closest diplomatic ally, the world’s most aggressive nuclear rogue state, and has a longstanding alliance term with the nuclear criminal. State of Iran, with little criticism of either of them’ illegal nuclear weapons programs.
the Global TimesOne of the most aggressive government propaganda outlets in China. named The submarine deal is a “time bomb” on Monday. Authorized “experts” from the regime claimed that the deal would undermine Australian sovereignty because the submarine fleet would essentially be “a de facto branch of the US nuclear submarine fleet”.
It will be a time bomb for peace and stability in the region. A pro-regime professor, Chen Hong, warned that Australia should not fall into the category of a subverter of regional security just because of US pressure.
Elsewhere in its pages, file Global Times Compare the AUKUS agreement with China to help restore diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. And the three countries announced that Riyadh and Tehran had agreed, during meetings held in Beijing, to restore official diplomatic relations and to send ambassadors to the capitals of the two countries. Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter geopolitical rivals, but both seek membership in the BRICS economic and political alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which requires at least friendly, if not warm, exchanges between them.
When China sits with friends, it is for peace. When the United States and its partners meet, the agenda is about confrontation. Global Times convicted. “Since the AUKUS announcement 18 months ago, many observers, including those from Australia, have said that the alliance, under the guise of cooperation on nuclear powered submarines, is essentially about the US arming Australia and turning it into US military assets against China, planting a ticking time bomb. For peace and stability in the region.
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