US Rules Out Adding India or Japan to AUKUS

The US has ruled out adding India or Japan to the new trilateral security partnership with Australia and UK to meet the challenges of the 21st century in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference on Wednesday that “The announcement of AUKUS last week was not meant to be an indication, and I think this is the message the President also sent to (French President Emmanuel) Macron, that there is no one else who will be involved in security in the Indo-Pacific.”

The trilateral security alliance AUKUS, seen as an effort to counter China in the Indo-Pacific, will allow the US and the UK to provide Australia with the technology to develop nuclear-powered submarines for the first time.

China has sharply criticized the trilateral alliance, saying such exclusive grouping has no future and will gravely undermine regional stability and aggravate the arms race and hurt international non-proliferation efforts.

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