Former Australian Defence Minister and ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley, argues that AUKUS is critical to Australia's survival; and ensuring its effectiveness involves Australia having the same type of weapons systems as the USA.


This article by Kim Beazley, writing for ASPI, makes the following points:
  • Due to the efficiency of nuclear-powered subs, the Chinese are building SSNs* at a relatively rapid rate.
  • Australia acquiring SSNs should be a significant deterrent to regional threats.
  • China's suggestion that Australia's sovereignty is impinged on by acquiring U.S. SSNs is incorrect.
*SSN is a U.S. Navy hull classification "Submarine, Nuclear-powered" used throughout NATO.


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