China objects to more nuclear sub talks among UK, US, Australia
China “firmly objects” to further cooperation between Britain, US and Australia on nuclear submarines, its foreign ministry said in a regular briefing on Friday.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said, “China is gravely concerned about this and firmly objects to it,” in response to a question that cited a media report saying British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s visit to the United States in March may yield announcements on more nuclear submarine cooperation.
Last year, Reuters reported that Australian naval officers will be allowed to train inside British submarines for the first time as they prepare for the arrival of nuclear-powered submarines as part of a new security partnership with Britain and the United States.
The alliance prompted Australia to cancel a contract for a conventional French submarine in favor of nuclear submarines supported by the United States and Britain, damaging relations with French President Emmanuel Macron.
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