Aukus deal ‘ties UK into Indo-Pacific and sends message to China’

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:53:31 GMT 9

Aukus deal ‘ties UK into Indo-Pacific and sends message to China’


Key purpose of defence agreement is signal it gives to Beijing, Australia’s former defence minister tells MPs

A former Australian defence minister has told MPs that a key purpose of the Aukus defence pact was to tie Britain into the Indo-Pacific region at a time when Canberra is “in the midst of a tense relationship with China”.

Christopher Pyne, who held the post until 2019, told the UK’s defence select committee he believed the initial importance of the Australia-UK-US tie-up announced last week was in the messages it sent to Beijing.

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