WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Australia, the United StatesUnited and Britain are expected to jointly announce a new trilateral security partnership that will see Australia abandon a multi-billion dollar program to build French-designed submarines and build a nuclear-powered fleet with American technology and British instead, Australian media reported.
Australia 's ABC News, which did not cite any sources, said it understood that the Australia would use American and British technology to replace its existing Collins-class submarines with a type more suited to the deteriorating strategic environment.
He said the new tri-nation security pact would be known as AUKUS and would likely be seen by China as an attempt to counter its regional influence, especially in the contested South China Sea.
In the United States, Politico reported that US President Joe Biden plans to announce a plan on Wednesday to share cutting-edge technology in a task force with Britain and Australia in anti-China measures.
Biden is due to give notice at 5 p.m. (9:00 p.m. GMT) on national security, but the White House did not provide details.
Politico, citing a White House official and a congressman said the AUKUS task force would allow the three countries to share information in areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber, underwater systems and long-range strike capabilities.
He quoted one of the sources as saying that as part of the pact, the US and Britain would share their knowledge about the waymaintain nuclear defense infrastructure.
Australia in 2016 selected French shipbuilder Naval Group will build a new fleet of submarines worth $ 40 billion to replace its more than two decades old Collins submarines.
This is one most lucrative defense deals in the world, but it has been beset with problems and delays due to Canberra's requirement that the majority of manufacturing and components be sourced locally.
French officials were not immediately available for comment. Reporting by Doina Chiacu and David Brunnstrom in Washington and John Irish in Paris; Edited by Tim Ahmann and Alistair Bell
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