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US, UK announce Australia to get nuclear-powered submarine technology as China looms large

CA, 16 Sep 2021
The United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the region grows.

Under the partnership, announced by President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the United States will provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines, senior U.S. administration officials told reporters.

The three leaders outlined the deal in a three-way virtual announcement from each of their capitals.

"We all recognize the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific for the long term," said Biden.

Morrison said the submarines would be built in Adelaide in close cooperation with the United States and the United Kingdom. Australia will not be fielding nuclear weapons, he said.

"We will continue to meet all our nuclear non-proliferation obligations," he said.

Johnson called it a momentous decision for Australia to acquire the technology. He said it would make the world safer.

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