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The prime minister spoke alongside US president Joe Biden and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday to unveil the AUKUS partnership, which will see the three countries share expertise on issues such as cyber warfare and artificial intelligence.
“I’m delighted to join President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison to announce that the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States are creating a new trilateral defence partnership, known as Aukus, with the aim of working hand-in-glove to preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific,” Mr Johnson said in a joint press conference.
It is thought that the move is aimed at pushing back against China’s advances in technology and military matters, especially following tensions between Beijing and Australia in recent months.
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US president Joe Biden has praised the close partnership between his country, the UK and Australia as the three nations unveiled their new defence alliance at a joint press conference.
Mr Biden said on Wednesday that the countries had “long been faithful and capable partners who are even closer today”, adding that the three leaders needed to work together to manage the challenges of the 21st century.
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Comes amid announcement of new nuclear submarines.
You can find Joe Biden’s comments below on the plans to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines as part of the AUKUS alliance:
Johnson: Defence partnership marks ‘new chapter’ in UK, US and Australia’s ‘friendship’
The UK’s new alliance with the US and Australia marks a “new chapter” in global relations and will aim to make the world safer and generate jobs across the country, Boris Johnson has claimed.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Mr Johnson said he was “delighted” to join US president Joe Biden and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to announce the AUKUS partnership.
Il a dit: “We are 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, emphasising of course that the submarines in question will be powered by nuclear reactors, not armed with nuclear weapons, and our work will be fully in line with our non-proliferation obligations.”
Mr Johnson added: “Perhaps most significantly, the UK, Australia and the US will be joined even more closely together, reflecting the measure of trust between us, the depth of our friendship, and the enduring strength of our shared values of freedom and democracy.
“Now the UK will embark on this project alongside our allies, making the world safer and generating jobs across the United Kingdom.”
Australia’s Morrison insists new submarines will not field nuclear weapons
Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison has insisted that new submarines provided by the US as part of the AUKUS alliance will not be used for nuclear weapons.
Under the partnership, the US will help Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines.
Mr Morrison said on Wednesday night that the watercraft would be built in Adelaide in close cooperation with the US and UK, but Australia would not be fielding nuclear weapons.
“We will continue to meet all our nuclear non-proliferation obligations," il a dit.
Boris Johnson’s comments on the new alliance can be found below:
“The UK, Australia and US are natural allies – while we may be separated geographically, our interests and values are shared. The AUKUS alliance will bring us closer than ever, creating a new defence partnership and driving jobs and prosperity.
“This partnership will become increasingly vital for defending our interests in the Indo-Pacific region and, by extension, protecting our people back at home.”
The new UK foreign secretary Liz Truss has described the AUKUS alliance as a “landmark” security partnership designed to deepen ties in the Indo-Pacific.
“We will work together to promote stability in a region that will become ever more important for the UK’s prosperity and security,” Ms Truss wrote on Twitter.
You can watch the joint press conference live below:
Watch live as US president Joe Biden, UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison deliver remarks on a strategic national security initiative on Wednesday (15 septembre).The leaders are expected to announce a new security pact, which would allow the three nations to share military technology and intelligence. The initiative is widely seen as an effort to push back on the growing power of China in these arenas.It is believed the alliance will be known by the acronym AUKUS.
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The UK has formed a new security pact with the US and Australia in the Indo-Pacific region that will involve an array of projects in the fields of cyber warfare, artificial intelligence and quantum computing, it has been announced.
Although senior British officials insist that the new alliance is not aimed at any one country, it comes in the face of increasingly aggressive posturing from China.
Our defence editor, Kim Sengupta, has more on this breaking story below:
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Our political editor, Andrew Woodcock, has the full story below:
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