Earlier this month, the U.S. announced a new security pact between the United Kingdom and Australia which will result in the building of eight nuclear-powered submarines.
The agreement known as Aukus will end a 2016 40-billion-dollar deal in which Australia agreed to have France build a dozen diesel electric-powered submarines. Almost immediately France denounced the decision and recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia as a sign of diplomatic protest for what it considers to be a betrayal by its allies.
Why is France upset with the Aukus alliance?
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The New Statesman
September 16, 2021 https://www.newstatesman.com/security/2021/09/what-is-the-aukus-alliance
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News Articles (Analysis)
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September 20, 2021 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58620220
Aukus leaves some awkward questions
September 17, 2021 https://www.ft.com/content/e2a094ad-5c4f-4ff5-9bcd-ae5d45392f4e
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Writing: What is the Aukus alliance?
Debate: How will the Aukus alliance impact relations with China?
Poll: Should the U.S. establish security alliances with other countries?
Short Answer: What is the geopolitical significance of Aukus?
The Aukus security agreement has created friction between the U.S. and France. (T/F)
Under the Aukus pact, the U.S. will share intelligence and information with the UK and Austria. (T/F)
The U.S. views China as a threat to stability in the Indo-Pacific . (T/F)
Which of the following types of information will be shared among the Aukus countries?
a. Short-range strike capabilities.
c. Artificial intelligence.
d. Long-range spacecrafts.
What is the justification for Aukus?
a. To help counter Chinese power.
b.To slow down French economic growth.
c.To reduce tensions and support diplomacy.
d. To form alliances with European countries.
All the following are consequential of the Aukus deal EXCEPT.
a.Economic impact it will have on France.
b.Trade between Australia and China.
c. Environmental concerns regarding nuclear waste. .
d. The security of the Indo-Pacific region.