New Foreign Minister Liz Truss has emphasized Britain’s strategic defense alliance with Australia, and the United States will make the country safer in the wrath of France and China.
Australia is the first time the United States has shared nuclear propulsion technology with allies other than the United Kingdom, and will be given the technology to build nuclear submarines under this agreement (known as Aukus).
Under the agreement, the three countries will work together to oppose China’s growing influence and power in the Indo-Pacific region.
Aukus also confirms that the three allies will share cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence and other undersea technologies.
write in The Sunday TelegraphMr. Truss said countries have shown that they are ready to “defend our interests and take seriously the challenge of unfair practices and malicious acts.”
While emphasizing Britain’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, she added, “We are building strong security relations around the world because we need to protect our freedom.”
“This is more than an abstract foreign policy, but we offer it to people in the UK and abroad by partnering with like-minded countries to build a coalition based on common values and common interests. . “
However, France, whose £ 29 billion contract to build a new submarine fleet in Australia was eventually abandoned, strongly opposed the deal.
The French ambassadors of the United States and Australia were recalled to Paris, and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described it as “piercing from behind.”
China also opposed the trilateral agreement, saying it had a “Cold War spirit” that could seriously hurt regional peace and intensify the arms race.
The deal was announced Wednesday by US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The promotion from Minister of International Trade to Minister of Foreign Affairs was one of the biggest surprises of this week’s remodeling, said Truss, who also “creates hundreds of new and skilled jobs from Goban shipyards to Tyneside factories. You can do it. ” ..
On Tuesday, she will meet Le Dorian while convening a meeting of five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
He said Saturday that a “serious crisis” was underway among allies, but added that France had not seen the need to recall the British ambassador, who accused him of “continuous opportunism.”
“This whole UK is a bit like a third wheel,” he added.