British Prime Minister Sunak. People’s visual data map On March 12, local time, British Prime Minister Sunak will fly to the United States to meet with US President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Albanese to finalize the details of a nuclear submarine cooperation agreement involving the three parties. According to Reuters, Sunak said on the 11th that he would go to the United States to start talks on the next phase of the “Australian-UK-US Alliance” (AUKUS) nuclear submarine program. The country brings advantages in security, economy and the development of new technologies.”
Reuters reported that Britain will also release an updated comprehensive review report on security, defense and foreign policy on the 13th, explaining how the country responds to international geopolitical changes.
British media recently reported that the British government has reached an agreement in principle with Australia to supply nuclear submarines designed by the British side and at least partly built in the UK, each costing about 2 billion pounds (about 16.47 billion yuan). According to media reports, the British side will resell the two “Astute” class attack nuclear submarines “Agamemnon” and “Agincourt” ordered by the British Navy to the Australian side, which are expected to be completed in 2024 and 2026 respectively.
The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia announced in September 2021 the establishment of a trilateral security partnership “Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States Alliance”. The United States and the United Kingdom will help the Australian Navy establish a nuclear submarine force and build 8 nuclear submarines in Australia. Some international arms control experts pointed out that the United States and the United Kingdom helped Australia to build nuclear submarines, which would have the risk of proliferation of nuclear materials and technologies, which would impact the global nuclear non-proliferation regime.