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Australian Prime Minister ‘doesn’t regret’ decision to cancel purchase of French submarines

On September 19, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the cancellation of the contract to buy French submarines and affirmed: “I do not regret the decision to put Australia’s national interests first, never.” His reaction comes as Australia’s new deal with the US and UK continues to fuel a multinational diplomatic crisis between the parties involved.
Australia has pulled out of a $40 billion deal signed in 2016 with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines. Instead, this country, along with the US and UK, announced a new military agreement called the AUKUS alliance, sharing many technologies.

US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) at the event to announce the establishment of the AUKUS agreement

Prominent is the cooperation in sharing technology to develop the navy, whereby Washington and London will soon help Canberra develop a fleet of eight nuclear-powered submarines but are not capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
The move angered France, a NATO ally of the United States and Britain, leading to the recall of its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra. The move also drew criticism from China, a rising power in the Indo-Pacific region.


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