Thursday, 21 October, 2021

Biden-Johnson announcement – live: Leaders to make major announcement ‘on AUKUS alliance’


Today’s daily politics briefing

Boris Johnson is set to make an announcement on national security alongside the leaders of the US and Australia amid reports of a new alliance agreed between the three countries to counter China.

“At 2200 BST tonight the Prime Minister will make an on-camera address, alongside US President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Morrison, on a strategic national security announcement,” Downing Street said in a statement.

Politico has reported that the three leaders will announce a new working group, known by the acronym AUKUS, to help the countries share information in key technological areas, such as artificial intelligence, cyber, underwater systems and long-range strike capabilities.

It said sources had put forward that the “subtext” to the move was a bid by Western allies to “push back on China’s rise in the military and technology arenas”.

The joint announcement is also expected to confirm that the US will provide a nuclear-powered submarine to Australia, with Scott Morrison’s government abandoning its $90bn submarine deal with France, according to reports.

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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Boris Johnson’s national security announcement tonight.

Conrad Duncan15 September 2021 21:14

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