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Australia 'crosses the Rubicon' with nuclear submarine accord

AUKUS deal reverberates among Asian nations coping with China-US row

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, met with U.S. President Joe Biden in New York on Sept. 21. The two countries have reinforced their strategic relationship with a nuclear submarine agreement.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Australia, the U.K. and U.S. have concluded a naval deal in a manner more secret than the interior of any nuclear submarine.

Through the AUKUS security pact, announced on Sept. 15, closely guarded nuclear submarine technology will be transferred to Australia, which will gird its defenses with at least eight of the vessels.

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