Why AUKUS Alarms ASEAN – FP, 19.10
The bloc is struggling to preserve unity—and can’t decide what to do about the new U.S.-China rivalry. By William Choong, a senior fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and the managing editor of Fulcrum, and Sharon Seah, a senior fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and the coordinator of its ASEAN Studies Centre
French Ambassador on AUKUS: ‘Every Crisis Is an Opportunity’ – FP, 14.10
Philippe Etienne spoke about the controversial sub deal, his recall to Paris, and a new way forward for U.S.-French relations. By Elise Labott, a columnist at Foreign Policy and an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service
Turnbull: AUKUS Subs Deal Is an ‘Own Goal’
“If you double-cross people, there is a price to pay,” said former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the controversial deal that jilted France. By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter
Why Southeast Asia Should Welcome AUKUS – FP, 28.09
Australia models independence in standing up to China. By Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto, an Indonesian Ph.D. scholar with the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra
Will AUKUS Hit China Where It Hurts? – FP, 24.09
The submarine deal could reshape the balance of power in the Pacific—and draw Australia into future conflicts. By Emma Ashford, a senior fellow in the New American Engagement Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, and Matthew Kroenig, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall – FP, 18.09
The world’s newest security partnership is a window into how the world works—and the unpredictable places it’s heading. By Stephen M. Walt, a columnist at Foreign Policy and the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University
U.S. Seeking Basing in Australia After Submarine Deal – FP, 16.09
The Biden administration is hoping to rotate fighters and bombers to the land Down Under. By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter, and Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy
- Aukus: UK, US and Australia launch pact to counter China – BBC, 16.09
- Biden announces joint deal with U.K. and Australia to counter China – Politico, 15.09
What is the Aukus alliance and what are its implications? – The Guardian, 16.09
US, Britain, and Australia form Indo-Pacific ‘AUKUS’ security alliance – DW News, 16.09
- The leaders of Australia, the UK and the US announced the formation of a new Indo-Pacific security alliance called AUKUS on Wednesday, which will include the sharing of nuclear-powered submarine technology. The partnership will see the three countries share technology to improve their defensive capabilities, including cyber security, artificial intelligence and underwater systems. The move follows worsening relations between China and the US and other Western powers.
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the three allies — already all members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance along with Canada and New Zealand — were “opening a new chapter in our friendship and the first task of this partnership will be to help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.” Johnson emphasized that the vessels would “be powered by nuclear reactors, not armed with nuclear weapons, and our work will be fully in line with our [nuclear] non-proliferation obligations.” Australia will become only the second country, after the UK, with which the US has shared nuclear propulsion technology. The announcement likely ends existing Australian plans to acquire new submarines from France. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the submarines would be built in Adelaide in close cooperation with the US and Britain. He also announced that the Australian Navy would be upgraded with longe range missiles including Tomahawk cruise missiles.
- US officials were careful not to describe the partnership as a deterrent to China’s ambitions in the region. Australian Prime Minister Morrison declared that there was an “open invitation for President Xi to discuss other matters.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it would monitor the UK, US, Australian agreement, adding that it damaged regional peace and stability.
- Aukus: China denounces US-UK-Australia pact as irresponsible – BBC, 16.09
- China says deal makes Australia ‘nuclear war target’ as UK insists France relations ‘solid’ – The Independent, 16.09
- China slams move by US, UK to help Australia build nuclear submarines – CNA, 16.09
Breach of trust? France fumes as Australia drops submarine deal for US – France24, 16.09
- The French branded it the deal of the century. So why is the agreement to sell military grade submarines to Australia suddenly dead in the water? Canberra ditching the 2016 deal for the chance to buy nuclear-powered subs whose technology is made in the USA. Washington announcing an Indo-Pacific military alliance with the Australia and the UK. That leaves out the only real Western power in Pacific waters outside of the US.
- France with more than eight thousand military personnel and a fleet that patrols a vast area stretching across the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. France calls the contract poaching a “breach of trust”, the kind of breach of trust associated more with Donald Trump than Joe Biden. What’s behind it? What fallout?
- And what reaction from that other superpower critical of the deal, Beijing, which sees plans for a new Indo-Pacific alliance as directed squarely against it and its ambitions in the South China Sea. If tensions were to seriously spike, would France and Europe ultimately be synch with the U-S-led alliance?