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Australia to build $7.4bn nuclear submarine base

Morrison warns 'assault' by autocracies poses gravest security risk in 80 years

A U.S. nuclear submarine: Australia is due to acquire such subs under the AUKUS alliance, and it is set to build a base for them.   © U.S. Navy/AP

SYDNEY -- Australia will construct a nuclear submarine base in the east of the country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday.

The project, estimated to cost more than 10 billion Australian dollars ($7.4 billion), is aimed at enhancing the country's defense and checking China's ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region. The announcement also came in the shadow of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which Morrison framed as part of a larger "assault" by autocracies against the rules-based international order.

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