China has slammed Britain and the US for “intensifying the arms race” after countries announced a historic security pact to build nuclear submarines for Australia.
Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the communist regime’s Washington DC embassy, accused the nations of adopting a “cold war mentality” like the terrible nuclear standoff between the US and the Soviet Union in the 20th century.
The leaders of the three countries unveiled an alliance called AUKUS last night, seen as a move to counter China’s growing power.
This comes amid escalating tensions in disputed areas such as the South China Sea and Taiwan.
But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the agreement “seriously undermines regional peace and stability and intensifies the arms race”.
He added: “The export of highly sensitive nuclear submarine technology to Australia by the United States and Britain proves once again that they use nuclear exports as a tool for geopolitical games and adopt double standards, which Extremely irresponsible.”
He said the deal gave regional countries “reason to question Australia’s integrity in complying with its nuclear non-proliferation commitments”.
He urged Western allies to “abandon their old Cold War zero-sum thinking” or risk “shooting themselves in the foot”.
The announcement comes at a time when Australia is increasing defense spending with a watchful eye on a rapidly growing and more assertive China.
The alliance is seen as an attempt to offset Beijing’s growing economic and military access to the Asia-Pacific region.
It is busy building “at least 250 long-range missile silos” at three locations – fears of a new nuclear arms race.
A third missile silo field in a remote region of Inner Mongolia has been reportedly photographed by a European Space Agency satellite as Beijing begins its largest nuclear expansion ever.
The mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, global times, Said: “The risk of a Sino-US military confrontation has increased.
“The reason for this is that the strategic animosity between the two countries has been increasing, and their mutual trust has become almost zero.
The export of highly sensitive nuclear submarine technology to Australia by the United States and Britain proves once again that they use nuclear exports as a tool for geopolitical games and adopt double standards, which are extremely irresponsible. Is.
“Metaphorically, if the wind now closes the door, both countries will assume that the other side is slamming the door.
“If an incident like the 2001 in-flight collision in the South China Sea happens again today, it is difficult for both sides to defuse the incident and resolve it peacefully.”
Peter Jennings, head of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute think tank, said Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear submarines was a reaction to this.
He said: “We should call the first submarine in this new class the Xi Jinping, because no one is more responsible for Australia going down this track than the current leader of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Meanwhile, Taiwan conducted an anti-invasion exercise amid fears that China would strike at any moment.
It comes after China flew 19 nuclear bombers and fighter jets over Taiwan’s airspace, raising fears of a third world war.
Taiwan is stepping up its defense as China becomes increasingly assertive in both the East China and South China Seas.
China considers Taiwan as part of its territory and has long threatened to use force to bring it under its control.
According to Taiwan’s defense ministry last week, Chinese military incursions involved 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets, one anti-submarine aircraft and four H-6 bombers that could carry nuclear weapons.
China conducted massive military exercises in July, including assault landings and island-control exercises.
With tensions rising in the region, the head of the Australian Defense Force, General Angus Campbell, welcomed the change to nuclear submarines.
General Campbell said: “Our strategic environment has deteriorated.
“That challenging environment is becoming more challenging and is set to do so at an accelerated pace in the future.”
Unlike nuclear-powered submarines, conventional submarines that travel long distances must spend time on the surface, using their diesel engines while recharging their batteries, where they are most vulnerable.
The battery propels them under water.
The first nuclear sub, to be built in the Australian city of Adelaide, will be built by 2040.
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