Canada’s role in the world is on the line in this election

DM

It’s a big deal for the United States to agree to share its nuclear submarine technology with another country, as it agreed to do with Australia this week. The agreement was part of a surprise announcement of a new security pact dubbed AUKUS, a portmanteau that elides abbreviation of the names of the three member states: Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Although the official announcement didn’t mention China specifically, the British Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, helpfully filled in the blanks. He described AUKUS as a response to China “embarking on one of the biggest military spends in history,” and, “growing its navy [and] air force at a huge rate,” and he explained that “[o]ur partners in [the Indo-Pacific region] want to be able to stand their own ground.”

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