US, Australia Strike Deal To Bolster Australian Submarine Force
Australia is purchasing submarines from the U.S. as part of a new alliance that also involves the United Kingdom.
The Details: In efforts to ensure “the Indo-Pacific remains free and open,” as U.S. President Joe Biden put it, the U.S. and U.K. are working to upgrade and bolster Australia’s naval forces. The U.S. will sell Australia at least three nuclear-powered submarines by the early 2030s, and begin a rotational submarine force, in tandem with Britain, as early as 2027. The deal is part of a plan that already extends into the 2050s, and is expected to pave the way for Australia to develop its own attack boats in the coming decades.
For Context: The agreement is part of a trilateral security pact between the three nations called “AUKUS”, which was formed in September 2021. It comes as the U.S. is experiencing tense relations with China, which has accused the U.S. and its allies of being on the “wrong path” amid incidents with Chinese spy balloons and growing bipartisan scrutiny of China. Biden stressed that the submarines are “nuclear-powered” and will not be equipped with “nuclear weapons.” The deal has received pushback domestically in Australia from Former Prime Minister Paul Keating and current Defense Minister Richard Males. Keating called it the “worst deal in all history.”
How The Media Covered It: Although headlines differed, sources across the spectrum covered the deal and its context similarly.
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From the LeftU.S. to sell nuke-powered subs to Australia in unprecedented deal
The U.S. is preparing to sell three to five nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, an unprecedented step that’s expected to pave the way for Canberra to co-develop and then eventually build its own attack boats in the decades ahead, President Joe Biden announced Monday alongside his allied counterparts.
Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese detailed a three-phrase approach in the Australia-U.K.-U.S. deal known as AUKUS, which ultimately ends with London and Canberra creating advanced versions of the highly sensitive vessel for their navies.
From the CenterFormer Australian PM on submarine deal with US: ‘It must be the worst deal in all history’
Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating said on Wednesday that his country’s recently announced agreement to obtain three nuclear-powered submarines from the U.S. “must be the worst deal in all history.”
Keating lamented that the agreement, which is aimed at bolstering Australia’s defense capabilities amid rising tensions with China, would not serve any useful purpose.
“The only way the Chinese could threaten Australia or attack it is on land. That is, they bring an armada of troop ships with a massive army to occupy us,” Keating said at a National Press Club...
From the RightChina issues ominous threat to Biden, Australia over nuclear submarine deal
China has issued a terse warning Tuesday that the U.S. and some of its allies are on a "dangerous path" after Washington agreed to sell nuclear-powered subs to Australia.
"The latest joint statement issued by the U.S., U.K., and Australia shows that the three countries have gone further down the wrong and dangerous path for their own geopolitical self-interest, completely ignoring the concerns of the international community," spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters at a daily briefing.
The deal, part of the AUKUS partnership between the three countries, will see the U.S. provide Australia with...
June 3rd, 2023
June 3rd, 2023