The AUKUS alliance should revoke its cooperation on nuclear submarines, China’s foreign ministry said on Friday.
Australian Prime Minister Albanese will reportedly visit Washington in March to unveil an Australian nuclear submarine program proposal under the auspices of the AUKUS (Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States) security pact for the Indo-Pacific region launched on September 15, 2021.
“The United States, Britain and Australia’s decision to promote nuclear submarine cooperation would pose risks of nuclear proliferation, exacerbate the arms race and undermine regional peace and stability, which China is seriously concerned about and firmly opposed to,” said Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mao Ning at a routine press briefing in Beijing on Friday.
Trilateral cooperation has aroused “increasing international concern,” Mao said.
“China urges AUKUS to heed the call of the international community, fulfill their nuclear non-proliferation obligations, revoke their decision to engage in nuclear submarine cooperation, and take actions to safeguard regional and world peace and security,” she said.
(Compiled by Zhao Yang)