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New AUKUS defense partnership prompts Australia to cancel order for French submarines

France complains about loss of $90 billion contract and the country's exclusion from AUKUS
The leaders of Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. announced the creation of a new defense alliance on September 15. France soon complained that it had been excluded from the group. However, it is the only European country with territory in the Indo-Pacific region, which the alliance was intended to protect. France also complained that the alliance had brought about the cancellation of Australia's $90 billion purchase of French submarines. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and U.S. President Joe Biden announced during a virtual conference. They said the partnership was to be known by the acronym AUKUS, which stands for Australia (A), United Kingdom (UK), and United States (US). In a joint statement, the three leaders said, "Through AUKUS, our governments will strengthen the ability of each to support our security and defense interests, building on our longstanding and ongoing bilateral ties. We will promote deeper information and technology...
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