Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke of an “enhanced” partnership. “A partnership in which our technology, scientists, companies and armed forces all work together to create a safer region. Everyone benefits from that.”
Australia should immediately benefit from this closer cooperation. “The first task of this partnership will be to help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He spoke of a “new chapter” in the friendly relationship between the countries.
The French Naval Group calls it a “great disappointment” that the Australians choose to work with the Americans and British. The French company had hoped to deliver diesel and electricity-powered submarines worth more than €31 billion to Australia. That will not take place due to the new collaboration AUKUS, Naval Group reported on Thursday.
Media in Australia and the United States had already published about the new partnership. Insiders told the news site Politico that the initiative is seen as a way to form a united front against China, although that country would not be explicitly mentioned in the agreements.
US President Joe Biden said that cooperation with the British and Australians should make it possible to tackle “challenges of the 21st century” together. He called the establishment of AUKUS a “historic step” and pointed out that armies from the countries have already fought side by side during two world wars.
Sources had told Politico that the partnership will provide for the sharing of advanced technologies. During his speech, Biden confirmed that AUKUS is also intended to ensure that the countries maintain their lead in the military field and in the development of ‘critical’ technologies, for example in the field of artificial intelligence.