OP-ED: Aukus pact raises geo-political tensions

 OP-ED: Aukus pact raises geo-political tensions

China’s expansionism is unlikely to go unchecked

In less than a month, the trilateral security partnership among Australia, the US, and the UK (Aukus) has stolen the thunder from other geo-strategic schemes that have been around for over a decade.

Aukus now overshadows the “Quad” grouping of Australia, India, Japan, and the US, and outshines earlier geo-strategic projections, such as the US’s “free and open Indo-Pacific” (FOIP). That the Anglo-American-Australian alliance — which might be dubbed “Triple A” — has become the main bulwark against China’s expansionist aims will likely raise regional tensions to the detriment of Asean centrality and Southeast Asia’s peace and stability.

While media attention has been focused on Aukus’s stated intention to support Australia’s acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines, the trilateral partnership is broader. It intends to share information and technology and…

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