Saturday 23rd of October 2021

waterloo, une fois de plus...

waterloowaterlooFrance's foreign minister has spoken of his "anger" and "bitterness" and has criticized the US and Britain, after the allies agreed a deal to supply nuclear submarines to Australia, undoing Paris' $40-billion deal for French subs.

"I am angry and bitter. This isn't done between allies," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told franceinfo radio on Thursday morning, after the leaders of Australia, the UK and US convened a virtual press conference on Wednesday night, announcing the AUKUS pact and the delivery of conventionally-armed nuclear-power submarines to Canberra.

The delivery of the nuclear subs under the AUKUS (Australia, UK, US) pact means Canberra will scrap a 2016 deal with French firm Naval Group to upgrade its fleet with more diesel submarines. The scrapped deal was reportedly worth $40 billion.

"This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump used to do," Le Drian stated. He also took aim at Canberra, "it's a stab in the back. We created a relationship of trust with Australia and that trust has been broken." 

Just two weeks ago, the Australian defense and foreign ministers reconfirmed their commitment to the deal with France, despite reported challenges. In June, French President Emmanuel Macron said the deal represented the promise of continued cooperation for years to come.

Earlier on Thursday, British defense secretary Ben Wallace denied it was a "betrayal" of London's French allies, but said he understood the disappointment felt in France and at Naval Group.  

Under the 2016 deal with Paris, the Royal Australian Navy was to receive a fleet of 12 of its cutting-edge diesel-electric submarines, to replace its more than two-decades-old Collins submarines. It was broadly considered to be in the mutual interest of western nations in an effort to counter the perceived China threat.

As noted by Wallace, the nuclear vessels to be delivered under the AUKUS pact were harder to detect and don't need to resurface.

Also on Thursday, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said the government would consider all options to safeguard the Naval Group, including asking for compensation from Canberra. "We are studying all avenues," Parly told French radio station RFI.


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Gusthinks: The deal would have been inked during the last G7, when "I did-it-my-way Morrison" was there on the sidelines — but kept secret as not to make waves in Australia, nor internationally. Meanwhile, the Chinese — still buying Aussie iron ore and coking coal would be laughing their head off... Scomo is going from pathetic to ridiculous...



shooting themselves in the foot...

Beijing has slammed the new US alliance with Australia and Britain, under which Canberra will acquire nuclear submarine technology, as an "extremely irresponsible" threat to regional stability.

Key points:
  • China warns the Western allies they risk "shooting themselves in the foot" with this agreement

  • The AUKUS pact allows Australia to acquire a nuclear submarine fleet in partnership with the UK and US

  • Australia's relationship with China has been increasingly hostile over a number of issues like the pandemic, regional security, and trade

The agreement "seriously undermines regional peace and stability and intensifies the arms race", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular press briefing on Thursday.

The Western allies did not mention China when unveiling the submarine deal on Wednesday (US time), but their intent was clear, with each referring to regional security concerns.

The announcement comes as Australia has been boosting defence spending with a wary eye on a rapidly rising and more assertive China.

The alliance is seen as a bid to offset China's growing economic and military reach in the Asia-Pacific region.


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diplomacy alla scum...

London: France will take the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassadors from Australia and the United States, as the fallout grows from a new defence pact that has infuriated French President Emmanuel Macron.

The unprecedented move follows the Morrison government’s decision to tear up a $90 billion contract to buy 12 French submarines in favour of a new nuclear-powered fleet using technology from the US and United Kingdom.

“This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional gravity of the announcements made on September 15 by Australia and the United States,” the French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said in a statement.


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Scomo is a foraging bottom-feeder scum, with not a diplomatic bone in his body... He's a flop. He should go. He is a hypocrite for having to ask for "legal advice" (hypocritical ways to go around the fecking problems) of his bonking staffers, his parliamentary car park/sports rorters and his blind trust Porter — and the foooocking Merdoch media love him !!! His government was not a "miracle" but a follocking curse!!!


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