Biden Adviser Tells Lowy Institute US Is Going Nowhere in Indo-Pacific, Refuses to Support Australia’s Handling of AUKUS Announcement | Canberra weather

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Senior national security adviser Joe Biden described the AUKUS deal as a “big bet” on Australia, but said the United States was not looking for another cold war with China. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan also declined to support Australia’s handling of the deal, which angered France and triggered a deterioration in bilateral relations. Speaking to the Lowy Institute on Thursday evening, Mr Sullivan insisted the United States was “going nowhere” in the Indo-Pacific and should “learn to face the reality” of a Beijing more and more powerful. Mr Sullivan accepted the AUKUS deal, the first time the United States had agreed to share nuclear propulsion technology with an ally in six decades, was a “big bet” on Australia. “The president meant, not only to Australia but to the world, that if you are a strong friend, ally and partner and bet with us, we will bet with you,” he said. “We will bet with you with the most advanced and sensitive technology available to us, because we trust you [and] we believe in you. READ MORE IN THE NEWS: Former Prime Minister Paul Keating on Wednesday criticized the alliance, saying China would outshine the United States as a military power in the Indo-Pacific in the coming decades. But Mr Sullivan said the deal – with the United States’ permanent military presence in South Korea and Japan – showed they would continue to be a force in the region. “The United States is a Pacific nation, has been a Pacific nation and always will be a Pacific nation,” he said. “We have been a resident power in the Indo-Pacific for decades. It is at the heart of our being as a geopolitical actor. It is fundamental to our identity.” accepted “effective and healthy” competition with Beijing.[China] is not going anywhere, and the United States is not going anywhere… so we are going to have to learn to deal with this reality, ”he said. [and] trauma, ”but was part of a strategy to pivot its resources to the Indo-Pacific, Mr. Sullivan said. France was furious at the AUKUS announcement in September, saying it was taken aback by Australia’s failed submarine deal with the French naval group. French President Emmanuel Macron has publicly accused Mr Morrison of lying to him, sparking a war of words between the two leaders which saw a private text by the French president leaked to Australian media. In what has been widely interpreted as a rebuke against Mr Morrison, Mr Biden said the announcement had been awkwardly handled and said he was surprised the French had not been informed. Mr Sullivan acknowledged that there were “some challenges” in the way the deal was made public, but did not explicitly criticize Australia. “There is no profit in reviewing how we got to where we are,” he said. “Going back on all the ins and outs of all of this will be interesting for historians at some point. “But I have to keep my eyes firmly fixed on the present and the future… the good times lie ahead.” Washington has taken a more conciliatory approach to France, with Vice President Kamala Harris attempting to undo the damage by going to Paris this week. “We have developed a very solid, meaningful and substantial action plan with the French (…) and we are tackling the real work of AUKUS,” Mr Sullivan said. Mr Macron said that meetings with Ms Harris and a face-to-face meeting with Mr Biden in Rome this month had “paved the way for the weeks, months and, I must say, years to come.” This was in stark contrast to the French Ambassador to Australia, Jean-Pierre Thebault, who accused Australia of a “neck p with a dagger in the back “because of the canceled deal. “What can a partner think of Australia? Is this the value of Australia’s signature and commitment? He asked the National Press Club last week. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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