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Asia AUKUS Australia

There’s more to Australian security in Asia than AUKUS (East Asia Forum)

When the AUKUS agreement was announced on 16 September it not only surprised the French and President Macron — Indonesia’s parliamentarians were stunned and not a single one offered any support for it.

There’s more to Australian security in Asia than AUKUS | East Asia Forum

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ASEAN AUKUS

ASEAN responses to AUKUS security dynamic (Dino Patti Djalal, East Asia Forum)

When news of the AUKUS agreement broke on 16 September 2021, it caught everyone in Southeast Asia by surprise. While its understood that AUKUS is not an alliance, it had portent to agitate the strategic landscape for ASEAN.

ASEAN responses to AUKUS security dynamic | East Asia Forum

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AUKUS

Unpacking the AUKUS Trilateral Security Partnership: Politics, Proliferation and Propulsion (Andrew Futter, Valdai Discussion Club)

The Australia-UK-US trilateral security partnership, or AUKUS for short, has been the subject of much speculation and debate since it was announced in September 2021. While some of its provisions will take many years to reach fruition, notably building a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, the announcement has already had considerable impact and driven concerns about nuclear proliferation, double standards, and the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region. It has also caused a rift in between NATO allies, especially between the US and France, in part due to the way it has been handled, and has been strongly criticised by China. While we still actually have very few details about what the partnership will involve in the years ahead, and in particular how the commitment by the US and UK to “deliver a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia” will unfold, it is useful to understand the different possible implications of this deal and how the technology, politics and security aspects will play out in the years ahead.

Unpacking the AUKUS Trilateral Security Partnership: Politics, Proliferation and Propulsion — Valdai Club

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Australia China

Australia-China Tensions Simmer Amid Trade War and AUKUS (William Yuen Yee, The Jamestown Foundation)

In a speech about the impact of the ongoing trade war with China on Australia, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that the “economy has shown itself to be highly resilient” (Department of the Treasury of Australia, September 6). In his address, Frydenberg conveyed a defiant message to Beijing that Australia will not be deterred by economic coercion. Frydenberg’s speech is part of a series of recent episodes that have driven escalating tensions in Sino-Australian relations.

Australia-China Tensions Simmer Amid Trade War and AUKUS – Jamestown

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Morrison says AUKUS will strengthen cooperation on critical technologies (Brendan Nicholson, The Strategist)

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has used a keynote address at ASPI’s Sydney Dialogue to add important detail to what’s known about Australia’s AUKUS agreement with the United States and Britain.

In his speech delivered online today, the prime minister makes it clear that AUKUS is intended to enable the three allies to develop and share advanced technology to give them an edge in an uncertain future.

Morrison says AUKUS will strengthen cooperation on critical technologies | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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AUKUS France

AUKUS partners must play catch-up to repair relations with France (Ramesh Thakur, The Strategist)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is embroiled in a tussle with both French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden which, given the power asymmetries, risks leaving Australia exposed and vulnerable in a major-power league above its paygrade. Across Africa and Asia, variants can be found of the folklore that the grass is trampled both when elephants fight and when they mate. In the Melian Dialogue of the History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Melos is sternly admonished by Athens that questions of right and justice apply only to relations among equals in power. For others, ‘the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must’.

AUKUS partners must play catch-up to repair relations with France | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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AUKUS Australia

AUKUS and Australian grand strategy (Lesley Seebeck, The Strategist)

Having a coherent strategy matters. It allows the effective allocation of scarce resources. It provides a framework against which events and trends can be assessed, helping to guide bureaucratic action, diplomatic activity and military posture. It’s essential to statecraft. So, what does AUKUS agreement with the United States and United Kingdom say about Australian grand strategy?

AUKUS and Australian grand strategy | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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AUKUS NATO Russia

Discord stirred up within NATO after AUKUS establishment – Russian diplomat (TASS)

The establishment of a new trilateral military partnership involving the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia (AUKUS) has stirred up discord within NATO both conceptually and in terms of technology, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.

Discord stirred up within NATO after AUKUS establishment – Russian diplomat – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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AUKUS China Russia

Russian deputy UN envoy supports China’s concern on AUKUS’ nuclear threat (Global Times)

Russia supported the concerns voiced by China on AUKUS, the new tripartite defense alliance formed with the intention of intimidating China, at a recent meeting of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee, saying that they are legitimate concerns as this kind of cooperation is related to the nuclear field and clearly has a military dimension.

Russian deputy UN envoy supports China’s concern on AUKUS’ nuclear threat – Global Times

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