AUKUS Concern: China petitions IAEA on new trilateral alliance

United Nations: Betraying its insecurity regarding the AUKUS alliance, China has called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to establish a special committee to discuss all aspects of the trilateral security partnership.
The AUKUS security grouping consists of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song said on Monday.
“I would like to emphasize that the AUKUS is not just a matter among the three countries nor is it a matter between the three countries at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretariat,” Li said. “The stakes are high and the issue deserves comprehensive, full and transparent discussions in the treaty review process by agency member states. China advocates that the agency established a special committee, open to all member states, to discuss all aspects of the above-mentioned cooperation and its related safeguards.”
Li emphasized that the different positions and concerns of all parties regarding AUKUS should be put on the table for discussion.
In May, the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed that the agreement among Australia, United States and the United Kingdom to form the AUKUS security partnership is provoking an arms race in the South Pacific without any consultation with island countries of the region.
Last September, the three countries announced the new trilateral partnership, forcing Australia to abandon its $66 billion contract with France to receive 12 state-of-the-art conventionally-powered attack submarines. The United States has promised enhancing Australia’s military capabilities with nuclear-powered submarines. (UNI/SPUTNIK)

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