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Australia’s defense and foreign ministers alongside the U.S. secretary of state and defense secretary? Australian Minister of Defense Peter Dutton, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin attend a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Sept. 16, 2021 (AP photo

The Fallout From AUKUS, Russia’s Tech Crackdown and More

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

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The aftershocks from last week’s bombshell announcement by the U.S., Australia and the U.K. that they would be forming a new security partnership whose pilot project would be to assist Australia in building a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines continued to be felt well into this week. The deal signaled a major shift in the strategic landscape of the Indo-Pacific. Though China wasn’t mentioned in the announcement of the so-called AUKUS deal, it was clearly the main driver of what has been interpreted as an effort to add heft to the U.S. pivot to Asia by bulking up the naval forces of a key regional ally. ...

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