Towards nuclear power: the secret agreement on submarines to challenge China

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When Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Scott Morrison announced a new deal that would provide Australia with the technology needed to operate quiet nuclear submarines as part of its navy, one phrase kept coming up: “Stability in the air. ‘Indo-Pacific’. Perhaps more important is the word that the leaders of the UK, US and Australia did not use: China. By concluding the Aukus Accord, an unprecedented deal on defense cooperation between the three countries, governments have taken steps to counter what they see as Beijing’s aggression – and have raised questions as to whether this move is a worrying sign of a new “cold war” mentality.

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.

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