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France and China are furious over the U.S.'s new defense pact with Australia and the U.K.

The defense pact, which also includes the United Kingdom, is meant to counter growing Chinese military aggression in the Indo-Pacific.

9/17/2021 3:09:00 AM

The defense pact, which also includes the United Kingdom, is meant to counter growing Chinese military aggression in the Indo-Pacific.

The defense pact is meant to counter China's growing military aggression. But the U.S. deal torpedoed a lucrative submarine contract Australia had with France .

Deirdre Shesgreen and Michael Collins, USA TODAYSeptember 16, 2021, 11:17 PM·3 min readWASHINGTON – Forget "freedom fries," the bitter diplomatic rift between the U.S. and France over the latter country's decision not to support the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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Enter the sub snub, a growing quarrel between Washington and Paris over the Biden administration's decision to help Australiadevelop a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, among other defense technologies, in a deal unveiled by the White House on Wednesday.

"A knife in the back," France's foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said in an interview withFranceinfoon Thursday, referring to Australia's decision to cut a deal with the U.S. “This is not done between allies.”The defense pact, which also includes the United Kingdom, is meant to counter growing Chinese military aggression in the Indo-Pacific. And the Chinese are mad, too. But they're not accusing the U.S. and Australia of an epic betrayal.

Why are France's feathers so ruffled?In light of its deal with the U.S., Australia has cancelled its submarine contract with the French, which various media reports have estimated to be worth between $50 billion and $90 billion. One Australian outlet had dubbed it the

"contract of the century."Le Drian, in a joint statement with France's defense minister, Florence Parly, took aim at both Australia and the U.S., albeit more diplomatically than in the radio interview."This decision is contrary to the letter and spirit of the cooperation that prevailed between France and Australia," the two officials said in the statement.

"The American choice to exclude a European ally and partner such as France from a structuring partnership with Australia, at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region ... shows a lack of coherence that France can only note and regret," they added.

By Thursday afternoon, the French had cancelled an embassy soiree to celebrate the U.S.-French alliance dating back to the American Revolutionary War.Story continuesAn embassy official confirmed that a reception at the ambassador's residence set for Friday to mark the 240th anniversary of the

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"Battle of the Capes,"a French naval victory over England near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay – has been nixed. But the official said other parts of the annual celebration would still occur, including a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday in Annapolis and the arrival of a French destroyer in Baltimore's harbor on Monday.

"The celebration of the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Capes has been made more sober," the embassy official said.Whether Biden administration officials have been disinvited from a gala at the French embassy, they were clearly scrambling on Thursday.

"France in particular is a vital partner on this and so many other issues, stretching back generations," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a joint news conference with Australian officials on Thursday."I'll leave it to our Australian partners to describe why they sought this new technology," Blinken said. "But ... we cooperate incredibly closely with France on many shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific but also beyond, around the world."

Blinken and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. had notified French officials of the deal before it was announced. Asked about the gala cancellation, Psaki suggested Biden was nonplussed.He "doesn’t think about it much," she said.

Meanwhile in Beijing, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry called the nuclear submarine deal "extremely irresponsible" and said it was part of an "outdated, Cold War, zero-sum mentality.""The nuclear submarine cooperation between the U.S., the U.K. and Australia has seriously undermined regional peace and stability, intensified the arms race and undermined international non-proliferation efforts," Zhao Lijian, the spokesman, said at a daily news conference Thursday.

"The export of highly sensitive nuclear submarine technology to Australia by the US and the UK proves once again that they are using nuclear exports as a tool for geopolitical game," he said. Read more: Yahoo News »

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Apparently Australia changed their mind and prefers US sub technology over France. I guess they’ll want the Statue of Liberty back! 😂 France forced Haiti to pay billions for its freedom from slavery and stole priceless artifacts from Africa. We already know about China's Treachery.

France says US torpedoed its submarine deal with Australia'This brutal, unilateral, and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump used to do,' says FM Jean-Yves Le Drian , accusing US President Biden of stabbing Paris in back and acting like his predecessor Trump.

France Calls U.S.-Australia Submarine Deal a BetrayalThe French foreign minister called the U.S. ’s move to step in a “stab in the back” after France was pushed out of a multibillion-dollar deal to supply submarines to Australia . Pas bon les amis américains … Il est pourtant pas si loin le temps de Lafayette… France is not a player in this part of the world. U.S. can offer Australia far more than France ever could

‘A stab in the back’: France rebukes Australia after it ditches submarine deal France has described Australia 's decision to abruptly end a submarine contract as a 'stab in the back.' wow 👍👍👍 Really shame behaviour from Australian.. 🤑🤑🤑🤠💩💩💩💩💩

Biden and UK to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines in new pushback on ChinaPresident Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled a new effort to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, a major step toward countering China as he works to build international backing for his approach to Beijing. No way US and China work on climate crisis together. This is not good for the world because we dont have much time left to transition from carbon. Climate change will be 10x worse than covid in how are lives will be effected. Best strategic decision for Southeast Asia to counter China. It's necessary. China seriously stressing our allies. They built islands in international waters and militarized them. The Philippines needs a new Fkn leader tho.

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Australia to get U.S. nuclear submarine technology as China looms largeThe United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the region grows. OMG now Adelaide is a war target! Well done war monger! Plus all the dangers associated with a possible Nuclear accident!