Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance with UK, Australia
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has announced that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia that will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities.
It’s a move that could deepen a growing chasm in U.S.-China relations.
Biden, as well Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, detailed their new alliance, to be called AUKUS, during a joint virtual event Wednesday. The new security alliance is likely to be seen as a provocative move by China.
Before the announcement, a senior administration official sought to play down the idea that the alliance was meant to serve as a deterrent against China in the region. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preview the announcement, said the alliance’s creation was not aimed at any one country, and is about a larger effort to sustain engagement and deterrence in the Indo-Pacific by the three nations.
The three countries have agreed to share information in areas including artificial intelligence, cyber and underwater defense capabilities, the official said. The new alliance announced plans to help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.