Aukus: China denounces US-UK-Australia pact as irresponsible
China has criticised a historic security pact between the US, UK and Australia, describing it as "extremely irresponsible" and "narrow-minded".
The deal will see the US and UK give Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time.
It is being widely viewed as an effort to counter China's influence in the contested South China Sea.
The region has been a flashpoint for years and tensions there remain high.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the alliance risked "severely damaging regional peace... and intensifying the arms race"....