“What I mean about this is I just think it’s time for some of our dearest friends around the world to take a grip [get a grip] about it all and give me a break [give me a break], ” the Prime Minister said when asked about the continuing row over the AUKUS initiative.
“This is fundamentally a big step forward for global security. These are three like-minded allies standing side by side and creating a new partnership for sharing technology.
“It’s not exclusive, he doesn’t try to support anyone. It is not accusatory towards China, for example.
“He’s here to intensify the ties and friendship between three countries in a way that I think will benefit the things we believe in. “
The AUKUS deal saw the UK, Australia and the US form a trilateral security pact develop and deploy nuclear powered submarines, strengthening the Western military presence in the Pacific region.
Nuclear powered submarines are superior to their diesel counterparts because they can run quieter and stay underwater longer.
France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in a backlash on the new security partnership, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian describing it as a “stab in the back”.