Covering discrete events, the ten days from 16-26 September were surreal. It began with the announcement from President Joe Biden and PMs Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison of a trilateral security alliance, AUKUS, that will see eight nuclear-powered submarines delivered to Australia. The 2016 deal with France, that required Australia to pay extra and wait longer in order to convert their existing nuclear propulsion system to diesel-electric, is scuttled.
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