WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 14th March, 2023) US President Joe Biden said he is not concerned about China viewing the trilateral AUKUS partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States as aggressive, following the alliance’s plans to jointly develop nuclear weapons – powered submarines.
“No,” Biden told reporters on Monday, when asked if he was concerned about China viewing AUKUS as aggressive.
Biden added that he plans to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping soon, though he declined to give a firm date.
The statement comes after a meeting between Biden, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to press ahead with AUCUS plans to deliver nuclear submarines to Canberra in the coming years.
The alliance aims to strengthen cooperation between the three countries in the Indo-Pacific region, where the US has identified China as its challenge.