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AUKUS: China reacts to military partnership between Australia, the US and the UK

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China has responded to the historic military partnership signed by Australia, the US, and the UK, and it’s fair to say it’s not happy at all. China continues its angry response to the monumental and historic security pact signed by Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

In a scathing rebuke on Thursday evening, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian labeled the US “extremely irresponsible” and rejected Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s claim that Chinese leader Xi Jinping had an “open invitation” to restart political talks between the pair.

Canberra was “solely responsible for the current difficult situation”, suggesting the US could breach existing nuclear deals by sharing technology with Australia. Speaking through a translator, Mr Lijian said the agreement “seriously damages regional peace & stability, intensifies arms race, undermines non-proliferation treaty and that “the international community, including neighbouring countries, have good reason to question Australia’s sincerity”.

The UK & US are using nuclear exports as a “geopolitical gaming tool”, which Mr. Lijian described as “extremely irresponsible”. “China will closely monitor the situation,” he said. An editorial for China’s Global Times labeled the pact “another hostile signal”.

The three countries announced their “forever partnership” would focus on the increasingly tense situation in the Indo-Pacific and would involve Australia acquiring nuclear-powered submarines and more advanced military tech, including long-range Tomahawk cruise missiles.

“The relatively benign environment we have enjoyed in many decades in our region is behind us. We have entered, no doubt a new era, with new challenges for Australia and for our partners and friends and countries right across our region,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said from Canberra today.

“This challenge will require more of us in Australia and all of us who share a shared vision about peace and stability and security in our region so all nations can enjoy the fellowship of our part, the trade and the opportunities for our peoples so they can realize what they want for their countries just as we want for our country.

“Today, I announce a new partnership, a new agreement that I describe as a forever partnership for a new time between the oldest and most trusted of friends, a forever partnership that will enable Australia to protect our national security interests to keep Australians safe.”

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