Asean nations caught in a quandary

AUSTRALIA’S moniker of “deputy sheriff” is back in circulation again with last week’s announcement of the Aukus trilateral military alliance involving the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

The agreement, under which the US and the UK would provide Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time, was declared in a joint virtual press conference by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian PM Scott Morrison on Sept 15.The three Anglo Saxon nations declared that the new deal is meant to protect and defend shared interests in the Indo-Pacific amid “regional security concerns which had grown significantly”.

Limited time offer:
Just RM5 per month.

Monthly Plan


Billed as RM5/month for the 1st 6 months then RM13.90 thereafters.

Annual Plan


Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only

Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

defence pact , Asia-Pacific , technology


Next In Columnists

Clock is ticking for more reforms
Malaysia needs bolder economic reforms beyond fuel subsidy rationalisation
Cooperate or confront?
Clearing the air on SLS 40% revenue appeal
What are we teaching our university students?
So what’s next for Guardiola’s men – five in a row or another treble?
Revitalising Malaysia's maritime industry through BRI cooperation
Free-to-air or pay TV to watch Malaysians in action at the Paris Olympics?
Malaysian brain drain: Voices echoing through research
How does hernia affect one’s sexual health?

Others Also Read