Watch This | AUKUS alliance underway, conspiracy and crisis ahead
On March 13, U.S. President Joe Biden held talks with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego, California, on a nuclear partnership given the acronym AUKUS-for Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and unveiled plans to equip Australia with nuclear submarines.
The United Kingdom and the United States plan to deploy “Virginia-class” nuclear submarines to Western Australia to train their core naval forces. The “Virginia-class” nuclear submarines are state-of-the-art submarines that are highly lethal and concealable, allowing Australia to locate and sink enemy submarines and ships. The plan to deploy nuclear submarines, however, is aimed at China.
A senior U.S. official claimed that "AUKUS" reflects the growing threat in the "Indo-Pacific region," not only from China but also from Russia and North Korea, which conduct joint maneuvers with China.
On March 15, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced:
We are firmly opposed to the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia coercing the Agency Secretariat into endorsing its nuclear submarine cooperation on safeguards issues. The three countries should effectively fulfill their nuclear non-proliferation obligations and not undermine the authority and effectiveness of the Agency's safeguards system. In the meantime, the Agency Secretariat should perform its duties in strict accordance with its mandate and should not endorse the nuclear-proliferation behavior of the three countries. Member states should also defend the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as its cornerstone, and maintain international peace and security.