Well-known Chinese news site Sina (NASDAQ: SINA) recently reported that, as part of the US-UK-Australia Trilateral Security Partnership (AUKUS), the British military plans to send a fleet of nuclear submarines to the Port of Perth in Australia. Some, however, said that the usefulness of the deployment is questionable, considering that China has the largest navy in the world. The Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces, Admiral Tony Radakin, is expected to make a decision at a naval meeting in Sydney that will see British submarines deployed in Australia “within China’s striking range,” until 2040. The operation is part of the AUKUS alliance and Australian submarines will be integrated with British submarines to work together to improve Australian personnel’s operational skills on nuclear submarines. The British military declined to disclose the number of nuclear submarines to be deployed in Australia. and the UK Ministry of Defense declined to comment on the matter. Sending nuclear submarines to patrol the South China Sea will be the toughest move the UK has ever taken against China to date. The spokesperson for China’s Embassy to the UK said the move further exposed the deep-rooted Cold War mentality of the US, the UK and Australia, as well as the sinister intention of provoking group confrontation and creating conflict and division. It will also damage the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. China firmly opposes this new development.
Source: Sina, July 23, 2022