The US, UK, and Australia have announced a new partnership called AUKUS that will see at least three nuclear-powered attack submarines sold to Australia to deter China's growing military presence in the Indo-Pacific.
The submarines, which are stealthier and more capable than conventionally powered boats, will not carry nuclear weapons, but will be nuclear-powered.
The announcement was made by President Biden, Australian Prime Minister Albanese, and British Prime Minister Sunak in San Diego.
The New York Times reports that the move is a sign of the degree to which the three nations are investing in strategic military planning with allies and partners to counter China's growing capabilities and to prepare for a potential armed crisis over Taiwan.
The New York Post notes that the submarines will be sold to Australia over the next decade and that the sale marks the first time the US is sharing nuclear technology for such vessels in 65 years.
Meanwhile, Euronews emphasises Albanese's statement that the submarine sale "represents the biggest single investment in Australia's defence capability in all of our history."
According to The Gulf News, Australia's acquisition of the nuclear-powered submarines will transform its role in a US-led project to maintain the decades-old balance of power in the Pacific.
The Washington Post has reported that as many as five Virginia-class US nuclear-powered submarines will be sold to Australia over the next decade as part of a long-term plan that will make Australia a full partner in fielding top-secret US nuclear technology.
In a statement, President Biden stressed that the submarines would not have any nuclear weapons of any kind on them, while Australian Prime Minister Albanese praised the AUKUS agreement, stating that it represents the biggest single investment in Australia's defence capability in its history.
While all sources agree on the broad outline of the agreement, they differ in the level of detail they provide and the emphasis they place on the different aspects of the deal.