While experts are digesting the impact of the sudden emergence of the AUKUS alliance, initial fears that the deal could weaken one of the arrangements for sharing critical intelligence appear to have subsided.
Since the announcement last September 15 of a strategic partnership that includes the United States (US), Britain and Australia, international attention has focused on the angry reaction of China, which sees itself as a target for this new group, and France, which has not only lost its purchases. lucrative submarine with Australia, but also witnessed that its plans for the Indo-Pacific region had been dashed.
But the announcement of the new alliance has also angered two other countries, namely Canada and New Zealand, which together with the three AUKUS partners join the Five Eyes group, an intelligence-sharing group made up of English-speaking countries.
New Zealand through its Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has leftist political views, issued an announcement expressing her anger at the new alliance. He also said Australian submarines built under the deal would not be allowed to dock in New Zealand waters.
Meanwhile in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, feeling humiliated, was forced to explain to his critics why Canada was not included in the group a few days before his country’s election, on September 20.
Canadian military analysts said the country was excluded because it had essentially nothing to contribute to its nuclear submarine program. Canadian Daily National Post reports that Trudeau commented, without a clear citation, that the agreement had no impact on the partnership that exists within the Five Eyes group.
In the last election Trudeau finally managed to win despite failing to improve the position of the Liberal Party he leads in Parliament.
Although Canadian magazine Esprit de corps, who focuses on military issues, still writes about “a mockery of Canada” for not being included in the AUKUS alliance in this week’s issue, other analysts have started to forget about the issue.
A report published Thursday by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute said Canada could focus on other ways to contribute to the Five Eyes group.
In New Zealand, concerns about the AUKUS agreement soon faded amid the realization that New Zealand itself rejected the use of nuclear force in its military fleet. This will certainly make the country unsuitable to enter into the new alliance. (jm/my)