Australia, the USA and Great Britain recently signed the AUKUS project, and Canberra will be able to buy Virginia-class military submarines from the USA. Australia’s centre-left Labor government says the $368 billion deal is necessary given China’s military build-up in the region, which it has labeled the largest since World War II.
But the trilateral economic agreement does not offer guarantees in case one of the members is involved in a military action. Australia will not support the US on Taiwan if the island is attacked.
“Australia has made no commitment to support the US in the event of a military conflict in the region involving Taiwan in exchange for access to submarines,” Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said.
Under the AUKUS deal, which Asian allies have welcomed but which Beijing has called an act of nuclear proliferation, the US will sell Australia three submarines, built by General Dynamics, by 2030, with an option for Australia to buy two more.
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