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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on the Newly-announced Military Partnership between UK, US and Australia
2021/09/18

Question: The UK, the US and Australia have announced a new military partnership by which Australia will be provided with nuclear-powered submarines. Some people say this move is aimed at countering China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific. What is your comment?

Embassy Spokesperson: The AUKUS military partnership and cooperation on nuclear submarines risk intensifying global arms race, crippling international non-proliferation efforts and severely undermining regional peace and stability.

The export of highly sensitive nuclear submarine technologies by the UK and the US, two nuclear powers, to Australia, a non-nuclear-weapon state, proves once again that they are using nuclear exports as a geopolitical tool and applying double standards to the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. This action is irresponsible.

Any regional mechanism should reflect the current trend of peace and development and should contribute to enhancing mutual trust and cooperation among regional countries, rather than targeting any third party or jeopardizing third-party interests. Seeking exclusive military blocs betrays a Cold-War mentality. This goes against the trend of the times and the aspirations for peace and cooperation of the Asia-Pacific nations. It will receive no support and lead nowhere.

China is committed to the path of peaceful development, it is resolute in safeguarding its sovereignty, security and development interests, and it is firmly against any action that undermines regional and global peace and stability.

We urge the UK to take concrete actions to uphold the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, and avoid any action that would increase tension in the Asia Pacific region or compromise the peace and stability in the region.

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