A Biden administration official emphasized that the partnership called "AUKUS" -- representing the names of the three countries does not aim at any specific country. It is about advancing the group's strategic interests, upholding the international rules-based order, and promoting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.
Under the new partnership, the three countries will promote deeper information and technology sharing and enhance joint defense capabilities and interoperability, focusing on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and quantum technologies.
According to a statement issued by the leaders, the first initiative will feature an 18-month effort involving the three countries to identify the "optimal pathway" for Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.
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