Australia ignores China’s anger over submarine deal

Despite China’s angry reaction, Australia declared that the program to build nuclear submarines with the US and UK was necessary for national security.

After the US, UK, and Australia jointly announced an agreement to share technology to help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines, China immediately reacted sharply.

The Chinese government described the trilateral agreement as an “extremely irresponsible” threat to stability in the region, expressed skepticism about Australia’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and warned its Western allies West of Canberra that they risked “shooting themselves in the foot”.

Responding to this reaction, in an interview on 2GB radio channel on September 17, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that China itself “has a very large nuclear submarine program”.

“China has the right to make decisions in the national interest in their defense deals, so of course Australia and all other countries have the same rights,” he said.

The submarine HMAS Sheean at the port of Beauty Point, Tasmania, Australia on February 27.  Photo: RAN.

The submarine HMAS Sheean at the port of Beauty Point, Tasmania, Australia on February 27. Photo: RAN.

In a series of interviews with Australian media, Prime Minister Morrison said the government was responding to changing dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, where territorial disputes were becoming hotter and more competitive. competition is increasing.

“Australia is very mindful of China’s growing nuclear submarine capabilities and military investment,” Morrison told Channel 7. “We are interested in ensuring that international waters and airspace remain open at all times. international area, and the rule of law applies equally in these places”.

Morrison said Australia wanted to make sure there were no “no-go zones” in areas governed by international law. “It’s very important for commerce, sea cables, planes and airspaces can fly over. That’s the order we need to preserve, the peace and stability that brings, co. Time is what we seek to achieve,” Morrison said.

China claims unreasonable sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, illegally builds up features in this area, and deploys many weapons, including anti-ship missiles and anti-aircraft missiles.

Beijing also ignored the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that China’s “historic rights” and “nine-dash line” claims had no legal basis under international law.

Relations between Canberra and Beijing turned cold after Australia banned Chinese companies from investing in sensitive sectors in the country and publicly called for an investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. China responded by imposing tough economic sanctions on Australian goods in many areas.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison leaves the British Prime Minister's Office in London after talks on June 15.  Photo: Reuters.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison leaves the British Prime Minister’s Office in London after talks on June 15. Photo: Reuters.

Prime Minister Morrison said Australia’s new defense alliance with Britain and the United States, announced after more than 18 months of discussions, would “last forever”.

“The alliance involves a very important commitment not only today but forever. That’s why I call it a perpetual partnership. It’s one of those commitments to keep it safe. and security for Australia in the future,” Morrison said.

Speaking during a visit to Washington, Australian Foreign Minister Peter Dutton criticized the reaction of some Chinese officials and media, calling it “counterproductive, immature and shameful behaviour”.

In an interview with Sky News, Dutton said Australia just wanted to ensure lasting peace and stability in the region. He said Australia was ready to welcome more US marines to rotate to the base in the northern city of Darwin, and wanted to improve the Australian air force capacity.

Nguyen Tien (Follow AFP)

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