What is the AUKUS alliance?

AUKUS | Alliance | 27th September 2021 | Virtual Wire


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India has been ruled out by the US to the new trilateral security partnership with Australia and Britain in order to tackle the challenges put forth by the 21st century in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

US president Joe Biden, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, and British prime minister Boris Johnson together declared the formation of the trilateral security alliance AUKUS following which Australia would have an upper hand on the nuclear-powered submarines. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki informed the reporters that no other country would be involved in the security in the Indo-Pacific.

The first in-person Quad Summit comprising India, US, Japan, and Australia was held in Washington on 24 September. When inquiries on the involvement of the leaders of India or Japan were made Psaki did not provide a clear reply. The trilateral alliance is an attempt to counter China in the Indo- Pacific which would allow the US and UK to provide Australia with the necessary technology in order to develop the nuclear- powered submarines for the first time.

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On the other hand, China criticized the trilateral alliance mentioning that it has no future and how it would worsen the arms race and create issues for international non-proliferation efforts. All this while France, a European ally of the US, is outraged and terms the alliance as "stabbed in the back" and publicly expressed its resentment about the same. India has open-heartedly welcomed the non-military and non-security directions the Quad undertook.

In order to amend the edging ties, President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron had suggested a better solution would be an open consultation amongst the allies. The ideology behind the same was that it would help ensure confidence and put forth good ideas towards common objectives as Biden mentioned to deal with "challenges ranging from health security, climate, and emerging technologies". What are your opinions regarding the AUKUS alliance?

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