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No promise given to US to help in doable Taiwan clash in trade for submarines, says Defence Minister Richard Marles

The government made no guarantees to the US that Australia would strengthen it in any long term clash over Taiwan in trade for American nuclear submarines, in step with Defence Minister Richard Marles.

As a part of the primary degree of the AUKUS safety pact, Australia gets 3 US-made Virginia-class submarines whilst it builds as much as 8 nuclear-powered submarines of its personal.

Talking at the ABC’s Insiders, Mr Marles used to be requested if get right of entry to to the 3 subs got here with a dedication from Australia to strengthen the United States in any doable long term clash with China over Taiwan.

“The solution to this is after all no longer. In fact no longer. And nor used to be one sought,” he mentioned.

“I have listened to that conjecture from numerous commentators. It’s undeniable incorrect … I could not be extra unequivocal than that.”

The defence minister reiterated that, as soon as in ownership of them, Australia would take care of sovereignty and keep watch over over the submarines.

“I need to make it truly transparent that the instant that there’s a flag on the primary of the ones Virginia-class submarines within the early 2030s is the second that that submarine will likely be below your complete keep watch over of the Australian executive of the day,” he mentioned.

“And once more, no-one would have anticipated that to be any other. This is clearly the foundation upon which this is occurring.”

The AUKUS submarine deal, which can value as much as $368 billion over the following 30 years, additionally comes to billions to strengthen manufacturing traces and enhancements to shipyards in the United States and UK. 

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