MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States did not know what they were getting into when they decided to form a geopolitical association to protect their interests in the Indo-Pacific area.
The birth of the association was accompanied by Australia's announcement that it was breaking a conventional submarine purchase contract worth 38.6 billion dollars with the French shipping company Naval Group. Movement that was described by France as "stab in the back". For now, France has canceled a meeting it had agreed with the United Kingdom to discuss collaboration on missiles.
The reason presented for terminating the contract was that Attack-class conventional submarines "are not adapted to the operational needs of the coming decades". And it is that the military pact of the Anglo-Saxon trio provides for the construction of eight nuclear submarines, nothing more and nothing less.
The military alliance raises blisters from the West to the East;the European Union feels betrayed and excluded, Russia perceives it as a NATO similar to Asia and China as a threat to peace and security in the region.
And the list goes on, New Zealand warns that it will not tolerate nuclear submarines and atomic weapons in its environment. Malaysia is concerned that this move will spark a nuclear arms race in the area. An apple of discord in its purest form.
Nuclear proliferation under review
It is no coincidence that this agreement has caused a real tsunami in international relations. Until now, nuclear submarines had been limited to being a privilege reserved for six countries:
1.United States 2.United Kingdom 3.France 4.Russia 5.China 6.India
What this association implies in the field of defense and security is that in the nuclear submarine club there will now be seven, instead of six, which could open the door for more countries to want to have right to own this technology.
But the question is not whether this association is contrary to the agreements against nuclear proliferation, but rather the Pandora's box that it opens. North Korea, whose biggest hobby is conducting nuclear tests to ward off the specter of foreign military intervention in their country, has already warned that it will retaliate if its security by this agreement. And on top of that, there are already voices claiming that if Australia is going to have nuclear submarines, South Korea should have them too, which is crazy if we take into account the tinderbox on the Korean peninsula.
Other voices believe that France could help India to have Attack submarines, but nuclear, to face any possible Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific.
Nuclear submarines are a very sensitive issue in the nuclear non-proliferation because they work with highly enriched uranium and with that element nuclear weapons can be made. If things continue like this, this military club is going to cause a domino effect with unforeseeable consequences.
China under threat
The AUKUS pact is to China what NATO is to Russia, a direct threat. This is precisely how it has been interpreted by the People's Republic. For Beijing, the project undermines regional peace and stability, which is to say that it puts the last nail in the coffin of peaceful coexistence in the region.
A day after AUKUS was unveiled to the public, the US destroyer USS Barry made a pass over the island of Taiwan, triggering emergency military exercises by of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
The curtain of instability has finally opened completely on the theater of geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific.