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“While Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines will not be nuclear-armed, the small reactors used to power them do produce weapons-grade uranium as waste. And it’s the ability to produce weapons-grade uranium that is behind the decades-long nonproliferation dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
And that’s the leverage point Beijing has chosen to target.
Chinese military experts warned that such a move will potentially make Australia a target of a nuclear strike”
There is a serious realignment going on.
America has just pulled out of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is close to China/Russia/Pakistan/India/China/ex-Soviet Central Asia.
Part of the strategic importance of Afghanistan, is, its potential to be a Methane hub.
Methane could flow from Russia/Ex-Soviet Central Asia/Iran/Gulf of Persia into Pakistan/India or China.
Russia has just constructed NORDSTREAM TWO from Russia to Germany.
World traded price of Natural Gas is going through the roof.
America is against Russia Natural Gas flooding the E.U. but America is in favour of Fracked Gas becoming LNG and being transported from America to Europe.
So, just partly AUKUS might be payback for the E.U. taking Russian Methane?
From America/U.K. point of view, this kills many birds with one stone.