The AUKUS deal – level 3

17-03-2023 07:00

The UK, US and Australia have unveiled a new plan to create a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

The AUKUS deal is aimed at countering China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region and will see the boats in operation from the late 2030s. The new model is being called SSN-AUKUS and will be built in Britain and Australia to a British design; however, it will use technology from all three countries.

Under the pact, Australia will receive its first nuclear capabilities. However, US president Joe Biden stressed that the submarines wouldn’t jeopardize Australia’s commitment to being a nuclear-free country. Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak highlighted the importance of the pact that would unite the US, UK, and Australia against increasing international threats.

China has strongly criticized the significant naval deal, and its foreign ministry accused the three nations of walking further and further down the path of error and danger.

Difficult words: counter (to react to something with an opposing opinion or action), capability (the number of weapons, soldiers, and so on), jeopardize (to threaten).

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