Why is France upset over Aukus submarine deal?

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 Why is France upset over Aukus submarine deal?
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Highlights

  • Lately, Australia has inked Aukus deal with the US and the UK, providing Australia the technology to develop submarines with nuclear powers.
  • Reacting to the deal France recalled two of the French ambassadors to the US and Australia to Paris for discussions.
  • On the other hand, China has criticised the Aukus deal and called it an “extremely irresponsible”.

Recently, Australia has inked deal with the US and the UK, which is known as Aukus providing Australia the technology to develop submarines with nuclear powers.

This agreement will obstruct France’s of late inked deal with Australia valued at multi-billion dollar.

Australia inks Aukus deal

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What’s France stance over Aukus deal?

Reacting to the Aukus deal, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that as per the President of the Republic’s request, he has instantly recalled two of the French ambassadors to the US and Australia to Paris for discussions.

The deal had also nullified a long-term submarine deal signed between France and Australia in 2016 valued at US$37 billion, as the new agreement -Aukus takes its place.

The French minister did not mince words and stated that they feel backstabbed since they had placed their association with Australia on a faith. However, they felt deceived on the back of the latest development. 

Related article; AUKUS: Australia, UK, US join forces to stave off Chinese threat

Cancellation of scheduled events

On 16 September, French authorities in Washington, US called off an event which was planned for 17 September to celebrate the 240th jubilee of the Battle of Capes.

Do read; Fuming over Australia's submarine deal, France cancels US gala

About Aukus deal

Some of the recently inked Aukus deal includes of the following-

  • The deal would enable Australia to develop submarines with nuclear power utilising AI technology supplied by the US.
  • The agreement will lay stress on military capability splitting it from Five Eyes intelligence shared pact with NZ and Canada.
  • The joint statement said that it was a significant opportunity for all 3 countries participating in it, which would safeguard shared values and foster safety and success in the Indo-Pacific area.

How is China reacting to the latest deal?

China has criticised the Aukus deal and called it an “extremely irresponsible” step.

Zhao Lijian, foreign minister of China stated that the deal weakens the prevailing peace and steadiness. It will also increase the arms race.  

The embassy of China in Washington also alleged the 3 nations of Cold War mindset and ideological biasness

Bottom Line 

The latest inked deal between Australia, the US, and the UK is broadly looked upon as an effort made towards refuting the rise of China. The deal will result in establishing Australia as a seventh country worldwide to run submarines with nuclear power.

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