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Biden’s Submarine Accord with Australia

Photo source: Politico By Naveed Qazi | Editor, Globe Upfront A ustralia has stabbed France in the back. They ditched a nuclear deal with them worth more than $66 billion and instead acquired nuclear powered subs from the United States. Canberra had signaled in June 2021 that it was looking to turn away from the contract signed in 2016, during the Turnbull government, with French company DCNS (now known as Naval Group) to build twelve Barracuda submarines. Outraged and humiliated, France had recalled its ambassadors from the U.S. and Australia. France had hoped that its deal with Australia would bring the two countries strategically closer. According to a report in The Guardian, France was even looking to protect its interests,  which include the overseas territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia. It is the only European country with a presence in the region, with nearly two million French citizens and more than seven thousand troops. When the deal was first announced in 2016,

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