China Criticizes U.S. and Allies For Submarine Agreement
Do you support an increased military presence in the Indo-Pacific?
What’s the story?
- President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese have revealed more details on Aukus, a multibillion-dollar plan to deploy a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific to counteract China's dominance in the region.
- Under Aukus, the U.S. will sell Australia up to five of its nuclear-powered, Virginia-class submarines. The U.S. and UK will begin deploying a few nuclear submarines in Perth, Western Australia, in 2027.
- The allies will then work to create a next-generation submarine, the SSN Aukus, which will use technology from all three countries. The submarine will not be equipped with nuclear-tipped missiles, aligning with Australia's status as a non-nuclear-armed nation.
- The Aukus partnership was first announced 18 months ago. President Joe Biden said at the Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego:
“Forging this partnership, we’re showing again how democracies can deliver our own security and prosperity, and not just for us but for the entire world.”
Why is the U.S. concerned about the Indo-Pacific Region?
- U.S. efforts to increase its military presence in the Pacific are intended to maintain regional stability, strengthen its alliance system in Asia, and counter China's expansion of military installations across the South China Sea.
- Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said AUKUS was necessary to combat the region's most extensive conventional military buildup since World War II.
China's response to Aukus
- China has criticized the Aukus deal, inflaming already high tensions between its leadership and the U.S. over increased US military assistance to Taiwan, trade disagreements, human rights violations, and cybersecurity concerns.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said:
“The latest joint statement issued by the U.S., U.K., and Australia shows that the three countries have gone further down the wrong and dangerous path for their own geopolitical self-interest, completely ignoring the concerns of the international community."
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China is concerned about the US providing nuclear submarines to Australia. Yeah, so what?
Being prepared is essential.
Enough...enough war, bombs, missles and tanks...this is not making America safe, better, or more free. miltary spending is out of control.
we need sustainable energy, housing and healthcare, good schools with books,and well paid teachers and staff.
we need to get corporate money out of our politics. We need reinvest in our nations infulstruture. We need a strong ethics board, with the peoples intrests at heart, not personal gain, and grandstanding.
War is always fought by the poor, to protect the economic intrests of the ruling class.
We have to. China is gradually worming their way throughout the world by using oceans. They have grown out of being a third world country. They have educated themselves to be one of three powerful countries. We grew colonial status after WWII. Then using the Marshal Act to gain friendship. Yes,China wants to take our place in the world as Number One.
As long as China is concerned about our presence, it distracts from its colusion with Russia and Putin. I don't think we need to increase our presence but I do approve of keeping China "on its toes". Keep them guessing. The fact that they would do it gives way to their own doubt about our presence. Mind game for all.
Why are a dying empire desperate to maintain our hegemony. We have no business Saber Rattling with China or Russia. We are doing more harm than good and putting humanity in peril for a pissing match. It has to stop. Weapons of war and dirty fossil fuels should NOT BE OUR TOP EXPORTS!
China needs some pressure put on them.
why can't people live in peace,there only one chance of life
China trying to go to war against a solvent country! No different than Russia!
Russia is moving nuclear weapons to Belarus, making Belarus and its people a major target now, beside Russia and its people. Putin is trying to suck other countries in to Putin bad decisions to take a solvent country and go to war.
Unfortunately, if we don't exert presence in the Pacific, China will. And it time that spells trouble for the world.
How DARE the rest of the world react to Chinese aggression and expansionism! <sarchasm> China has claimed every one of the nearby nations, and conquered the ones too weak to defend themselves who lacked mutual protection agreements. If the ISA were claiming any area for itself it would be imperialism, but mutual agreements like this are defensive and well justified. They can be as critical as they wish, but they are wrong and those countries deserve to protect themselves: and it is in the interests of ALL of the Western nations to help them. (We also have resources in the area that China would be happy to destroy, and we deserve to protect OURSELVES!)
Spreading across the Indo-Pacific? We've seen this behavior from nations before, and by the time we did something about it we'd already been attacked.
China is becoming another Russia. The only thing they will respond to in a reasonable way is meeting force with force! They have been expanding unchecked in that part of the world. They are turning into an intimidating bully. We must demonstrate to them that the democratic and free nations in that area do not like the bully they are becoming. We will arm ourselves to respond appropriately.
China has no say, especially after the spy balloon fiasco. Don't pretent they don't have submarines patrolling in our hemisphere, why shouldn't we help Australia to patrol theirs?
I don't want a war with China, but observation and patrol are totally on the table.
Us, the Japanese and the Australian navies should and do work together
We need to counter Red China's increasing presence in the Pacific and we can't do it all by ourselves. Having help from our Austrailian allies can only help us project power in that region. Having the additional work for our shipyards helping to keep the production lines open, and the extra jobs they provide, is a nice bonus. It doesn't hurt that General Dynamics Electric Boat division makes more money, either!
China complain about countries want to protect them self, because China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and others can't get along and are the problem. If they don't like it, stop being the aggressor just like Russia!
100% Support a military presence
Need to rebuild defenses. Will Hunter and Joe allow?