Back in 2016, French branded it the offer of the century. Why is the contract to offer military-grade submarines to Australia all of a sudden dead in the water? Canberra has actually dumped the 2016 offer for the opportunity to purchase nuclear-powered subs whose innovation is made in the United States, with Washington likewise revealing an Indo-Pacific military alliance with the Australia and the UK.
That excludes the only genuine Western power in Pacific waters beyond the United States: France, with more than 8,00 0 military workers and a fleet that patrols a huge location extending throughout the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. Paris calls the agreement poaching a “breach of trust”, the type of relocation associated more with Donald Trump than Joe Biden. What's behind it? And what's the fallout?
And what will be the response from that other superpower vital of the offer: Beijing, which sees prepare for a brand-new Indo-Pacific alliance as directly intended versus it and its aspirations in the South China Sea. If stress were to seriously surge, would France and Europe eventually remain in synch with the US-led alliance?
Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Léopoldine Iribarren.