An Australian Collins class submarine docks in front of the UK’s nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Astute at HMAS Stirling Royal Australian Navy base in Perth, Australia, on October 29. Under the Aukus alliance, the US and UK will help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines. Photo: EPA-EFE
An Australian Collins class submarine docks in front of the UK’s nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Astute at HMAS Stirling Royal Australian Navy base in Perth, Australia, on October 29. Under the Aukus alliance, the US and UK will help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines. Photo: EPA-EFE
David Morris
Opinion

Opinion

David Morris

Despite Aukus, a China-Australia relationship reset is possible

  • Any overreaction by Beijing to this unremarkable alliance of traditional partners would only reinforce their current China ‘threat’ narratives
  • The nuclear submarine announcement could prove to be more about geopolitical posturing than anything else

An Australian Collins class submarine docks in front of the UK’s nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Astute at HMAS Stirling Royal Australian Navy base in Perth, Australia, on October 29. Under the Aukus alliance, the US and UK will help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines. Photo: EPA-EFE
An Australian Collins class submarine docks in front of the UK’s nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Astute at HMAS Stirling Royal Australian Navy base in Perth, Australia, on October 29. Under the Aukus alliance, the US and UK will help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines. Photo: EPA-EFE
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