We emphasized that the strained relations during the Trump era were not related to the administration, but to the national policies of the US, and that things would not change much during the Biden era. As a matter of fact, in a world order where all means of business come to the economy, there are geo-strategic movements against China and the US tends to cluster the countries of the region around itself with the element of national security. At this point, while using Taiwan on a front; With the AUKUS agreement, Australia is also included in the equation. AUKUS; It is an abbreviation created by combining the names of Australia, the UK and the US, and it becomes a multidimensional pact between these three countries.
Most of the political tendencies and regional weightings stem from the economic factor. Just as the old trade routes have evolved after geographical discoveries and created new alternatives throughout history; The reflection of this in the modern period was globalization. Globalization has removed geographical borders and integrated economies by spreading trade all over the world. China is on the way to increase its share in this integration in the recent period. Increasing its presence in Eurasia and the Middle East recently, tending to create a trade route together with the Belt and Road Project and thus creating a strategic cooperation that includes the countries of the region are the stages of these steps. In the presence of the US and its allies, its activities in the South China Sea, relations and cooperation with Taiwan are factors that will disturb the Chinese side.
AUKUS' specific event is to get Australia a nuclear powered submarine. Recently, there has been disagreement over maritime boundaries in the Indian and Pacific Ocean region. Beijing also claims large rights in the South China Sea in terms of hydrocarbon resources. Therefore, there is a conflict of interest involving Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the event actually evolved into a point of caution due to the provocation of China. The US does not want China to make the countries of the region economically dependent and establish a dominance. For example, the Trump administration has prevented many countries from using Huawei's equipment in 5G networks. In a certain period, China applied some economic pressures, especially through tariffs. And in this war, China and Australia were on different sides. The fact that Australia will have a nuclear submarine for maritime and mainland security by the hands of the US and England makes us think that China and North Korea are at the opposite pole of nuclear energy. There is concern that AUKUS might make China aggressive in regional armament.
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