The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Waller, a Collins-class diesel-electric submarine, in Sydney Harbour. Photo: AFP
The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Waller, a Collins-class diesel-electric submarine, in Sydney Harbour. Photo: AFP
René L Pattiradjawane
Opinion

Opinion

René L Pattiradjawane

Aukus reveals much about how the West really sees Southeast Asia

  • For the US, the pact revitalises its ‘pivot to Asia’, for the UK it projects a ‘global Britain’, and for Australia, it poses more questions than answers, including about nuclear proliferation
  • It also betrays unfortunate assumptions about the region’s ability to maintain its own security and highlights America’s one-dimensional focus in competing with China

The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Waller, a Collins-class diesel-electric submarine, in Sydney Harbour. Photo: AFP
The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Waller, a Collins-class diesel-electric submarine, in Sydney Harbour. Photo: AFP
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