From left: Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrision and French Defence Minister Florence Parly. Photo: Reuters

Australia signs US$35 billion submarine deal with France as countries vie for influence in the Pacific

  • Under the Strategic Partnership Agreement, 12 conventionally powered submarines derived from the Naval Group Barracuda nuclear design will be constructed in a new shipyard in South Australia
  • This is Australia’s largest ever defence procurement project and also the largest ever foreign sales deal by French shipbuilder Naval Group
Topic |   Australia

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From left: Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrision and French Defence Minister Florence Parly. Photo: Reuters
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Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne delivers his keynote address during the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton Forum in Singapore. Photo: AP

Beijing causing anxiety in South China Sea: Australian defence minister Christopher Pyne

  • Christopher Pyne chides Beijing for militarisation of the waterway, but says Canberra does not seek to contain China
  • There’s no evidence detention of writer Yang Hengjun is linked to the arrest of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, he says
Topic |   China-Australia relations

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Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne delivers his keynote address during the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton Forum in Singapore. Photo: AP
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