UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced he is “delighted” the UK, the US and Australia will be working in joint partnership, known as AUKUS, to strengthen stability in the Indo-Pacific.

“The United Kingdom, Australia and the United States are creating a new trilateral defence partnership, known as AUKUS, with the aim of working hand-in-glove to preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific,” Mr Johnson said.

“We’re opening a new chapter in our friendship, and the first task of this partnership will be to help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.”

He said the submarines – powered by nuclear reactors – will be one of the “most complex and technically demanding projects in the world”, requiring “the most advanced technology” and lasting for decades.

“It will draw on the expertise that the UK has acquired over generations, dating back to the launch of the Royal Navy’s first nuclear submarine, over 60 years ago,” he said.

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