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World Singapore Welcomes U.S.-Australia Submarine Deal but EU Furious at Being Left Out

17:45  17 september  2021
17:45  17 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Singapore welcomed the news of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States, but French leaders and the European Union were furious at being excluded from the alliance, according to the Associated Press.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Singapore welcomed the news of the new nuclear submarine agreement between Australia and the United States, the city-state's Foreign Ministry said. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) speaks with Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton (L) and Foreign Minister Marise Payne at the State Department in Washington on Sept. 16, 2021. © Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Singapore welcomed the news of the new nuclear submarine agreement between Australia and the United States, the city-state's Foreign Ministry said. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) speaks with Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton (L) and Foreign Minister Marise Payne at the State Department in Washington on Sept. 16, 2021.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke to his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, in a phone call. Lee said he hopes the deal will "contribute constructively to the peace and stability of the region and complement the regional architecture," the ministry said.

Budget overruns and culture clashes over long vacations plagued the $50 billion submarine deal France got booted from in favor of the US and UK

  Budget overruns and culture clashes over long vacations plagued the $50 billion submarine deal France got booted from in favor of the US and UK France was only given a few hours' warning that it had lost a lucrative submarine contract with Australia. But the deal had problems for years before.But the deal had been plagued for several years by culture clashes between the two countries as well as lengthy disputes over budgets.

The news was less welcome in other regions, such as the EU. French leaders are angry at being left out of the deal because it scraps a contract France had to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines for Australia, the AP reported.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

On Friday, Morrison rejected Chinese criticism of the submarine alliance and said he doesn't mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name.

China reacted angrily when Biden, Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a virtual news conference this week to announce a trilateral defense alliance that will provide Australia with a fleet of at least eight nuclear-powered submarines.

France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal

  France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal The diplomatic row came over a broken contract by Australia to buy French submarines in the wake of a new security pact by Australia, the US and the UK.Philippe Étienne, France's ambassador to the United States, and his counterpart in Australia were recalled to Paris "for consultations" at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, said Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's minister for Europe and foreign affairs.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian said it was "highly irresponsible" for the U.S. and Britain to export the nuclear technology.

Morrison said Australia wanted to boost peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

"Everything we've done with the United States is consistent with the partnerships and relationships and alliances we've already had with the United States," Morrison said.

Australia's nearest neighbor after Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, was "deeply concerned over the continuing arms race and power projection in the region," the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Observers say Biden appeared to have forgotten Morrison's name during Thursday's news conference, which was televised from three countries. The president referred to the Australian as "pal" and "that fellow Down Under."

Biden didn't use Morrison's name, while he referred to Johnson as "Boris."

Australia: France's recall of ambassador over subs regretful

  Australia: France's recall of ambassador over subs regretful CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Saturday it was noting with regret France’s recall of its ambassador over the surprise cancellation of a submarine contract in favor of a U.S. deal. France recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the United States on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger over a deal among the United States, Australia and Britain to provide Australia with a fleet of at least eight nuclear-power submarines. The dealFrance recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the United States on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger over a deal among the United States, Australia and Britain to provide Australia with a fleet of at least eight nuclear-power submarines.

It reminded Australians of when then-President Donald Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer repeatedly referred to Morrison's predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, in 2017 as "Mr. Trumble."

Morrison laughed off what some have described as an awkward exchange with Biden that undermined Australia's significance to the United States.

"Usually when we speak privately, he refers to me as 'pal,'" Morrison said.

Morrison said he and the president enjoyed a great working relationship.

"Oh, I didn't pay much attention to it. I mean, these things happen. They happen frequently," Morrison said. "From time to time, you know, I've been known to let the odd name slip from my memory—that's pretty normal in our line of work, I've got to be honest."

Morrison said he referred to Biden as "Mr. President" or "mate" in private conversations.

Morrison will visit the United States next week for the first time since Biden became president. They will be joined by the leaders of India and Japan for a meeting of the Quad security dialogue.

a small boat in a body of water: Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, Sept. 17, rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) returns to U.S. Naval Base in Guam, Aug. 19, 2021. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Naomi Johnson/U.S. Navy via AP © Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Naomi Johnson/U.S. Navy via AP Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, Sept. 17, rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) returns to U.S. Naval Base in Guam, Aug. 19, 2021. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Naomi Johnson/U.S. Navy via AP

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France is escalating its disputes with Australia and the US, seeking to derail EU trade talks with both after being dumped from a submarine contract .
France continues to react with fury to Australia's decision to cancel a multibillion-dollar submarine contract in favour of working with the US and UK.The latest sign was a series of reports that French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to derail a planned EU-Australia trade deal to show its displeasure.

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