Beijing denounces AUKUS pact, raising question of nuclear proliferation, as Morrison expects a greater US military presence in Indo-Pacific and deeper UK defence ties

Scott Morrison has said he expects the US to increase its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, as China warned Australia would end up “hurting” itself with its decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.

Beijing denounced Australia’s plan to ramp up defence cooperation with the US and the UK, with a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry saying the move raised questions about Canberra’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation.

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