All CISAC News Commentary October 22, 2021

Does AUKUS Violate the Pledge of a Nuclear-Free South Pacific? China Thinks It Might.

China is tapping into broader anti-nuclear sentiment in the region to attack Australia’s nuclear submarine deal.
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China is furious about the new AUKUS security partnership. Under the deal announced on September 15, the United States and United Kingdom will help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines to counter China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific. A day after it became public, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian blasted the pact as “extremely irresponsible” and one that “undermined regional peace and stability.” 

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