Controversy over AUKUS subs pact "overhyped", says UK defence minister


Reuters | Kuala Lumpur | Updated: 21-10-2021 13:40 IST | Created: 21-10-2021 13:33 IST
Controversy over AUKUS subs pact "overhyped", says UK defence minister
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British junior defense minister James Heappey on Thursday said there has been an "overhyping" of controversy over a new trilateral security pact between Australia, the United States, and Britain.

Heappey said the pact known as AUKUS, under which Australia will obtain nuclear submarine technology from the United States, was merely an opportunity for sharing defense technology and does not represent a challenge for Southeast Asian countries.

AUKUS has been widely seen as a response to growing Chinese influence in the region.

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