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U.S., UK and Australia Sign Landmark Defense Pact, Prompting Dark Warning from Beijing

US President Joe Biden (C) participates in a trilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (R) and Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (L) during the AUKUS summit on March 13, 2023, at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego California. Jim WATSON / AFP

The leaders of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, members of the so-called AUKUS alliance, signed a landmark pact valued at nearly $400 billion that will allow Australia to deploy long-range nuclear-powered submarines for the first time.

Australia will procure at least three Virginia-class attack submarines from the United States and the UK will supply the SSN-AUKUS, an updated version of the Astute submarine.

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