(ANSA) – Sydney, November 22 – Australia today officially unveiled a controversial plan to equip itself with nuclear-powered submarines as part of a new defense alliance with the United Kingdom and the United States. Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton has signed an agreement with British and US diplomats authorizing the exchange of “naval nuclear propulsion information”.
This is the first agreement to be signed and made public since the three countries announced a new security alliance, Aukus, in September to address growing strategic tensions between the US and China in the Pacific.
Australia has canceled a mega deal to buy twelve French conventional-propelled submarines worth $ 90 billion (55 55 billion), sparking a heated dispute between Paris and Canberra. (Handle).
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