Thursday, July 7

Aukus deal: why China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific worries Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom

  • Norberto Paredes @norbertparedes
  • BBC News World

The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth bound for the Indo-Pacific region for its first operational deployment.

Image source, Getty Images

Aukus, the historic pact announced on Wednesday by US President Joe Biden at a video summit with his British and Australian counterparts, continues to cause a stir.

China says it “seriously undermines peace and stability” in the Indo-Pacific region and “intensifies the arms race.”

At the same time, the French media see it as a severe blow to French diplomacy and its arms industry. Aukus ends a multi-million dollar agreement between France and Australia, which had been concluded in Paris as the “contract of the century”, to build 12 submarines that would be used by the Australian navy.

“It’s really a stab stab,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian lamented on Thursday on the radio station. France Info.

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