Antoine Bondaz, research fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research, details Australian interests in the cancellation of a submarine order with France, and discusses the importance of the Indo-Pacific region.
The Australian decision to cancel an order for submarines placed with France, worth 56 billion euros, to finally buy in the United States, initiated a diplomatic crisis on Thursday, September 16 . Behind this decision is Australian mistrust of China and a desire to strategically approach the Americans, explains RTL Antoine Bondaz, researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research.
” The Chinese threat explains Australia’s desire to strengthen its defense capabilities and modernize its fleet of submarines , says the researcher. The difference between French and American submarines is the question of propulsion. The Americans agree to transfer nuclear propulsion technology, even though it had not done since the 1950s with the United Kingdom “.
For Australians and Americans alike, this agreement therefore seems logical, especially since the two nations have just concluded a security pact with the British. “For the past ten years or so, the United States has refocused on the Indo-Pacific region, considering China to be its main strategic threat. From the point of view of the Australians, it is necessary to strengthen defense relations with the United States, which are still the leading defense providers “.