The unexpected announcement of nuclear submarines – which are nuclear powered and non-nuclear – also sparked consternation in Paris, where the French government has expressed fury over the cancellation of a £ 65bn deal that he had with Sydney to supply diesel. submarines supplied in the years to come.
And it raised a series of questions as to whether this signals a shift in international alliances: What if China invades Taiwan? What are the consequences of adding countries with nuclear submarines to the club? And will all of this make those who live in the Aukus countries – or their neighbors – safer?
In this episode, Michel Safi is joined by the Guardian’s defense and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, to unveil the ramifications of the deal and ask what it means for the UK and Australia to be linked to US foreign policy for decades to come.