Aukus: China criticises US-UK-Australia pact

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Beijing: China has criticised a historic security pact between the US, UK and Australia, describing it as “extremely irresponsible” and “narrow-minded”.

The deal will see the US and UK give Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the alliance risked “severely damaging regional peace… and intensifying the arms race”.

He criticised what he called “the obsolete Cold War… mentality” and warned the three countries were “hurting their own interests”.

Chinese state media carried similar editorials denouncing the pact, and one in the Global Times newspaper said Australia had now “turned itself into an adversary of China”.

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