The New AUKUS security agreement has bound Australia even more tightly to the United States and Britain. But it has brought blowback against all three countries from France – which was blindsided by the cancellation of its contract to supply submarines to Australia.
On another front, Australia is under intense pressure from its two “great and powerful friends”, the US and the UK, to improve its ambition on climate change in the run up to the Glasgow conference.
In the wake of AUKUS and on the cusp of Glasgow, we talk to Britain’s High Commissioner to Australia, Vicki Treadell, about security and climate.
Treadell says Britain is “deeply disappointed at the reaction from France” following the AUKUS announcement – which included the French cancelling defence talks with the United Kingdom.
“We would hope that they will see the bigger picture, that our partnership from a strategic defence and security…