Australia has ‘absolutely not’ committed to join US in event of war over Taiwan, Marles says
Defence minister says Aukus deal does not include arrangement to join US in a potential future conflict with China
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Australia has “absolutely not” given the US any commitment as part of the Aukus negotiations that it would join its top security ally in a potential future war over the status of Taiwan, the deputy prime minister has said.
Richard Marles made the comment as he continued to defend Australia’s multi-decade plan to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, with help from the US and the UK, at a total cost of up to $368bn between now and the mid-2050s.
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