AUKUS deal: China condemns ‘Cold War mentality’
18 March 2023 | 4:52 pm
A massive defence deal unveiled this week in San Diego saw Australia, the UK and the US strengthen their alliance and revealed that the multi-decade military partnership is chiefly concerned about China.
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