A new trilateral defence alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia has jolted two unlikely partners: America’s adversary China, and France, one of its oldest allies.Washington and London will help Canberra build nuclear-powered submarines in the next 20 years as part of the three-way deal, which according to the White House “binds decisively Australia to the United States and Great Britain for generations”.For Beijing, the so-called Aukus pact marks the emergence of another US…

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