BEIJING (TASS): The Chinese authorities oppose the new security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS), as such an alliance defies international agreements on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated this on Friday.
“Such agreements [bet-ween Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States] are contrary to the spirit of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and relevant international agreements,” he stressed at the briefing.
According to the Chin-ese diplomat, Washington, London and Canberra should not destabilize the international situation. As the official said, AUKUS undermines the results of the activities of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations aimed at maintaining peace in the region.
“We again insist that Australia, Great Britain and the United States stop being guided by the ideology of the Cold War <…> and strictly adhere to international obligations regarding the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons,” Zhao Lijian summed up.
On September 15, Washington, Canberra and London signed an agreement under which Australia will build nuclear submarines using American technology. We are talking about at least eight submarines, the first of which will enter service in 2036.