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U.S. sidelines Europe in battle to stem China's ambitions

AUKUS underscores EU's global weakness even as it tries to expand influence in Asia

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, is angry at the way U.S. President Joe Biden blindsided France with the AUKUS deal to provide nuclear-powered submarine technology to Australia. (Source photos by AP, EPA/Jiji and Reuters) 

BERLIN -- The new AUKUS security alliance of three English-speaking nations signals a deeper U.S. shift away from Europe in its attempts to stem China's global ambitions.

The abrupt announcement of the pact between the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, which provides Canberra with American and British technology to build nuclear-powered submarines, has stunned many European Union and NATO member states.

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