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70% of Australians support nuclear submarines under AUKUS

Country's public increasingly views Russia and China as threats in new poll

A nuclear-powered submarine under construction in the U.S. The AUKUS agreement will provide Australia with American and British submarine tech. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

SYDNEY -- Australia's plan to acquire nuclear submarines under the AUKUS trilateral security partnership enjoys support from 70% of the country's public, a poll released Tuesday shows, as a growing number of people view Russia and China as threats.

The results of an annual survey by the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based think tank, come after Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. unveiled AUKUS in September.

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