The “Ocus” agreement is an undeniable diplomatic success for the United Kingdom. The security and defense partnership announced by Washington, London and Canberra on Wednesday (September 15), aimed at helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines to counter China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region, is indeed ” Provides stability to the vague concept of “global Britain”. “Dear Boris Johnson’s Brexiter government.
It also allows the British leader to be reassured of the firmness of the famous “special relationship” with Washington, which seemed vulnerable during the American withdrawal from Afghanistan – the British, like other allies of the States, moved to the United States. had gone.
“While some still wonder what the turning point means “global uk“ Towards the Indo-Pacific region, and the potential that we are prepared to dedicate to it, this partnership with Australia and the United States provides answers, The House of Commons welcomed Boris Johnson, Thursday, 16 September. This is another manifestation of our long-term commitment [cette] Our desire to help the region and one of our oldest allies maintain regional stability. “
In March, Downing Street published its “Integrated Defence, Security and Foreign Policy Review”, detailing the UK’s priorities for being separated from the European Union (EU) for the next ten years. This rough document emphasized the now central geopolitical importance of the Indo-Pacific zone, and had consequences: the country had to significantly strengthen its presence there.
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The Europeans at the time did not like that London showed no desire to sign a strategic defense and security agreement with them. But, until now, the only tangible manifestation of these Asian ambitions was the dispatch of the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier – the China Sea – HMS Queen Elizabeth – and the signing in principle of a free trade treaty with Australia.
To Sophia Gaston, director of the UK Foreign Policy Group, “The agreement puts into practice some of the ambitions of an ‘integrated review’, it highlights the UK’s expertise and technical strengths while advocating for the projection of impact through shared responsibilities and partnerships. The country has a decidedly Indo-Pacific The field doesn’t have the potential to replicate the presence of other allies, but it shows where it can bring added value.
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