AUKUS is a new trilateral security alliance involving Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Through this partnership, the three countries will cooperate in the development of defence technologies required for providing regional security.
The first major initiative of the AUKUS will be to deliver a nuclear-powered submarine fleet to Australia. These submarines will not be armed with nuclear weapons. Their presence will beef up Australia’s maritime security and safeguard its interests in the Indo-Pacific, where China is currently flexing muscles. Though China is Australia’s major trading partner, the diplomatic relations are facing challenges.