In a Headline that hit the media; “Pact with U.S., Britain, will see Australia scrap French sub deal” Australia, the United States and Britain are expected to jointly announce a new trilateral security partnership that will see Australia scrap a multi-billion dollar program to build French-designed submarines and build a nuclear-powered fleet with U.S. and British technology instead, Australian media reported
U.S. President Joe Biden was due to give a 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) address about a national security initiative, the White House said, and he would be joined virtually by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. However details of the joint statement not released as yet.
Australia’s ABC News, which cited no sources, said it understood Australia would use the American and British technology to replace its existing Collins class submarines with a type more suitable to the deteriorating strategic environment.
It said the new three-nation security pact would be known as AUKUS and will likely to be seen by China as a bid to counter its regional influence, especially in the contested South China Sea.
In the United States, Politico reported that Biden plans to announce a plan on Wednesday to share advanced technologies in a working group with Britain and Australia as part of moves to counter China.