Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that France should “take it easy” about the new alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, called Ocos, in the Indo-Pacific region.
“It is time for some of our dearest friends from around the world to take control of their emotions and tap into them [el asunto] “Take it simple,” Johnson said. “It’s basically a huge step forward for global security. They are three like-minded allies standing side by side and forging a new technology-sharing partnership.”
The British Prime Minister added that the alliance “is not exclusive, does not try to support anyone, nor is it an opponent of China.”
Johnson emphasized that Okus “is there to intensify the relations and friendship between the three countries to the benefit of the things they believe in.”
France expressed disappointment after Australia canceled a major contract to purchase a submarine and instead signed the Aukus Agreement to build nuclear-powered submarines.
For his part, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the Asia-Pacific region needs economic growth and jobs instead of gunpowder and submarines.
Legian urged the three countries to reverse their decision and “comply with their international non-proliferation obligations.”
The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia last week announced the formation of a new security alliance in the Indo-Pacific region, from which France and the European Union were excluded.
The suspension of Australia’s contract with France as a result of the creation of the Aukus has led to new tensions between the European Union and the United States.
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called the agreement a “stab in the back” and summoned French ambassadors in Canberra and Washington for consultations.
* Translated by Daniel Gallego.
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