FILE PHOTO: A US Navy personnel walks past the USS North Carolina (SSN-777) submarine docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore, April 28, 2014. The US Navy Virginia-class nuclear submarine arrived in Singapore on April 26 for a routine visit. Made his second deployment to the Western Pacific. Reuters/Edgar Su
September 15, 2021
by Steve Holland, Nandita Bose and David Brunstrom
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday that they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific, which will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as the Chinese dominate the region. the effect increases.
Senior US administration officials told reporters that under the partnership announced by President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the United States would provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines. Will do
The three leaders outlined the deal in a three-way virtual announcement from each of their capitals.
“We all recognize the imperative to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific for a long time,” Biden said.
Morrison said the submarines would be built in Adelaide in close collaboration with the United States and the United Kingdom. He said that Australia would not plant nuclear weapons.
“We will continue to meet all our non-proliferation obligations,” he said.
Johnson called it an important decision for Australia to acquire the technology. He said that this would make the world safer. “It will be one of the most complex and technically demanding projects in the world,” he said.
US officials insisted that the move, which comes as Washington and its allies are looking for ways to back down against China’s growing power and influence, would not include the provision of nuclear weapons to Australia. He said the submarines would not be deployed with nuclear weapons, but would allow the Australian Navy to operate more calmly, for longer durations, and to provide deterrence in the Indo-Pacific.
Officials said the partnership, which would include cooperation in areas including artificial intelligence, quantum technology and cyber, “was not aimed at any one country.”
“This is a historic announcement. This reflects the determination of the Biden administration to forge stronger partnerships to maintain peace and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific region,” said one of the officials.
The partnership is likely to end efforts by the French shipbuilder Naval Group of Australia to build a new $40 billion submarine fleet to replace the more than two decades old Collins submarines, Australian media reported.
(Reporting by Steve Holland, Nandita Bose, David Brunnstrom, Mike Stone and Trevor Honeycutt in Washington; Additional reporting by John Irish in Paris; Editing by Alistair Bell)