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AUKUS is not an alliance for nuclear deterrence

Pact is really about strategic sharing of technology to protect open seas

| Australia
Joe Biden departs after speaking about a national security initiative at the White House in September 2021: The main aim of AUKUS is to elevate the intelligence and deterrent value of conventional capabilities.   © AP

Alessio Patalano is professor of war and strategy in East Asia at King's College London and visiting fellow at the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre.

Since its announcement a year ago, the AUKUS agreement linking the U.S. and the U.K. to Australia's ambition to acquire nuclear-powered submarines has divided opinion.

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