- Sep 1, 2020
Agree with this.AUKUS alliance will strengthen QUAD. Just like 5 eyes alliance strengthened NATO.
Wonderful and long overdue for Australia. Will be a massive leap in capabilities.
Taken together with F35s, new next generation destroyers, new missiles and drones (which India may play a part in), Australia will pack a mighty punch (like me in my prime - lol) in the next few decades for a middle power.
The liberal government in Australia has certainly ramped its defence focus many fold all with China firmly in mind. Australia/China relationship is done for good no matter who is in power here and most Aussies know and appreciate this. Yes there will be trade and China will have a large share of that, but that’s the nature of what Australia has to sell China.
That Morrison called Modi before the announcement and briefed him on it says a lot re India’s standing now. India has its own SSN and SSBN programmes it should be proud of and India (especially under Modi) is capable of much more.
Otherwise I have to say gosh what a bunch of cynical and insecure lot some here are. The fact is Australia/US/UK share an extremely close cultural and historical bond meaning Australians will always get preferential treatment from US and UK. Also don’t forget Australia has invoked the ANZUS alliance every time the US has gone to war for many decades now and faithfully jumped in with the US meaning the US love the Aussies even more.
SSN’s coming out of the East Indian Ocean is a good thing for India vis a vie China and the overall Indo-Pacific.