How the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal affected Australia’s standing on the national stage

 How the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal affected Australia’s standing on the national stage

For six days, the Indonesians knew something big was coming from Australia.

At a meeting in Jakarta on September 9, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne let her friend, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, know a major shift was coming.

“The Foreign Minister of Australia mentioned there will be an announcement, but at the time we didn’t receive any information [about] what sort of announcement because I assume at that time it was not final yet,” Retno said this week.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets with US President Joe Biden in New York this week. Credit:Ilya Savenok

The following Wednesday, Payne messaged Retno hours before the announcement of the AUKUS defence pact between Australia, the United States and Britain to share military technology and help Canberra build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines in the face of Beijing’s growing aggression and military…

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