Controversy over AUKUS pact overhyped, says UK armed forces minister

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Britain’s armed forces minister James Heappey on Thursday said there has been an “overhyping” of controversy over a new trilateral security pact between Australia, the United States and Britain. The alliance, known as AUKUS, will see Australia acquiring technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines and is widely seen as a response to Chinese militarisation in the region, particularly in the strategically important South China Sea. The plan has divided Southeast Asian countries, with Indonesia and Malaysia warning that it could lead to an arms …

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