Sunak follows Boris Johnson’s case and is in California with Biden and Albanese
“premier” Rishi Sunak has decided to follow in the footsteps of the alliance designed by Boris Johnson and Aukus and agreed with the United States of America to provide nuclear submarines to Australia and to “challenge” security in the Pacific from China. “Global partnerships are our source of strength and security,” Sunak declared on his way to San Diego to meet President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
The three leaders will sign an agreement to build a new nuclear submarine in Adelaide with North American and British technology. Australia would thus be the seventh country in the world to have a fleet of nuclear submarines, along with the US, UK, France, Russia, China and India.
Australia’s Sunak hopes to enter with a modified version of the British Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet, along with the US Navy’s five submarine fleet. The Aukus Group also provides intelligence and high technology trade, as well as the purchase of cruise missiles.
The creation of the trilateral alliance Aukus, announced by Boris Johnson in 2021, was declared “highly irresponsible” by China and provoked an angry reaction from France, which also aspired to provide 12 nuclear submarines to Australia and was excluded from the agreement. sponsored in the US and UK.
Sunak’s trip to California comes three days after he met in Paris with President Emmanuel Macron, in an attempt to restore UK foreign policy after recent political crises. Also, the “premier” intends to give a new impetus to his bilateral relations with Washington and personally invites President Biden to the 25th anniversary in Parasceue in Belfast on April 10.
Despite firm support for the Aukus alliance, Sunak has resisted pressure from “hawks” in his party (including his predecessor Liz Truss) to change the label of China from a “systemic challenge” to a “threat” in the Department of Defense’s comprehensive policy review.
“I don’t think it’s a smart or smart foreign policy to reduce our relationship with China to two words,” warned Sunak on his way to San Diego. Despite admitting that China has “different assets from ours” and is in fact a threat to “our economic security”, the “prime minister” preferred to focus on the Asian giant as a “challenge that can define the age and global order”.
Sunak agreed, indeed, to increase more than 5,500 million euros in defense spending, with the ambition of reaching 2.5% of GDP in the medium term and the task of promoting an increase in military spending in the NATO countries by next summer’s summit. in Lithuania.