‘Cold war mentality’: China criticises US-UK-Australia submarine pact

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Embassy in Washington calls Aukus an ‘exclusionary’ bloc, as France voices anger at scrapping of existing $90bn submarine deal with Australia

China’s US embassy has told the US, UK and Australia to “shake off their cold war mentality and ideological prejudice” after the trio announced a new security pact on Thursday.

The trilateral security partnership, named Aukus, was announced by the three nations’ leaders via videolink, and will draw up an 18-month plan to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. It also drew strong political reaction domestically in Australia and the UK, and from France, whose existing $90bn submarine contract with Australia has now come to an abrupt end.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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