Indo-Pacific: AUKUS alliance causes anger in France and EU | DW News


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Indo-Pacific: AUKUS alliance causes anger in France and EU | DW News



Paris has expressed a feeling of betrayal after Australia went back on a deal to buy French submarines. Canberra says the decision was necessary for Australia to meet its strategic needs.

Australia’s decision to accept the US submarine deal was announced alongside the unveiling of the Indo-Pacific security agreement with the US and Britain.

The pact allows Australia to develop a nuclear-powered fleet — an option that was not open to Canberra when it struck a deal with France in 2016.

The European Union announced its own strategy to boost political and defense ties in the Indo-Pacific on Thursday.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday that Brussels had not been consulted on the pact, which has been dubbed “AUKUS.”

“We regret not having been informed, not having been part of these talks,” Borrell said as he presented the strategy.

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  1. Dear France. I get that you are pissed off over this sub deal. I would be too. From the reports we are getting it was a massive cash cow at Australia’s expense and going no-where fast. Before you chuck the baby out with the bath water and impose trade sanctions against us can you do us a little favour? Can you go and stick some flowers on each of the 46,000 Australian graves through France and Belgium whose sacrifices greatly contributed in allowing you to chuck this massive wobbly in the first place? Thanks cobber. Australia.

  2. Being this century the century of China, EU is mad about this things because they mean one thing: To increase military independence, the EU must increase its military spending, which will come at the expense of the welfare state.
    All, at times when demographics do not look good for the region!

  3. The EU: “Well maybe we’ll start spending our own money to facilitate our domestic defense without the US”

    The US: “We’ve literally been asking you to do that for half a century…”

  4. The funny fact is that people say that Europe should spend more money on defense and that the US doesn't like carrying all the weight when it comes to spending but they can pull out of NATO and then the EU will spend money on defense, they only in Europe to show strength to foreign power nothing else.

  5. To be honest a european army doesn't sound bad, the Russian couldn't even invade Ukraine or Georgia so… Even if our united army is bad it will serve us well enough to defend ourselves from the nearest threat.

  6. NATO is going to be useless now after the US and UK just making alliances where they see fit, decision making in NATO is not going to work

  7. Were is New Zealand ? Japan? S.K. and Canada? in the Pact? France was left out that's why they are mad. Because the EU doesn't understand the Indo-Pacific region on defense. The EU cant even defend Europe by itself. The USA has foot the bill since after ww2

  8. MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE & INDONESIA SHOULD BE VERY-VERY, CAREFUL WHEN CONSIDERING "AUKUS" IN ORDER TO CONTAIN CHINA'S ACCELERATED GROWTH. UNDER THE GUISE OF SECURITY ….!

    IF THESE 3 COUNTRIES MAKES AN ENEMY WITH CHINA..,.., THEN CHINA WILL GO AHEAD WITH THEIR PLAN TO CRAFT A SEA PASSAGE THOROUGH THE THAI PENISIULA AND THAT COULD BRING ADVERSE HARDSHIPS TO THE ECONOMY AND MARITIME ECONOMY OF THESE 3 NATIONS…!

    THAILAND'S MARITIME INDUSTRY AND ECONOMY WILL GROW EXPONENTIALLY….!

    ASEAN CANNOT AFFORD TO EITHER MAKE ENEMIES OF ANY SUPER – POWERS…., PARTICULAR CHINA WHICH ARE ALREADY IN THE MAKING OF SHARING THE MIGHT OF USA ON EVEN TERMS IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE….!

    ASEAN MUST STAY NEUTRAL TO ANY PLANS BY THE WEST TO CONTAIN CHINA…!

  9. The EU should finally realise that political and diplomatic power only goes through both military and economic power. Economic power alone is not enough. We need to take further steps in converging and joining power in the military front too, otherwise the EU is just crippled.

  10. What is the big fuss about this French-American drama? All you need to know to understand this “friendship” and its nature just simply listen to the very last sentence of the film, Casablanca.

  11. Put very simply…
    – France can keep its inferior subs,
    – Australia was 100% entitled to, and justified in cancelling the contract,
    – and as for the loathsome EU, it's nothing to do with it anyway and the repugnant, parasitical organisation can keep its snotty snout OUT of Anglosphere affairs.

  12. Silly Australia paying UK & US for old nuclear submarines to fight unmanned Chinese AI submarines which don't need to be nuclear powered, while pissing off France at the same time.

  13. From 2016 till now is five damn years. And nothing happened yet. That submarine deal stink. Wonder how many pollies made big money out of it. Five years and they did not even started building these subs.

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