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Reuters: Eyeing China, Biden and allies unveil nuclear-powered submarine plan for Australia 

* First phase to see Australia buying US subs in early 2030s 

* Australia to receive new SSN-AUKUS class of subs in 2040s 

* Project to cost Australia $245 billion by 2055: defense official 

* Biden expects to speak to Chinese leader soon 

The United States, Australia and Britain on Monday unveiled details of a plan to provide Australia with nuclear-powered attack submarines from the early 2030s to counter China’s ambitions in the Indo-Pacific. 

Addressing a ceremony at the U.S. naval base in San Diego, accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, U.S. President Joe Biden called the agreement under the 2021 AUKUS partnership part of a shared commitment to a free-and-open Indo-Pacific region with two of America’s “most stalwart and capable allies.” 

Sunak called it “a powerful partnership,” adding: “For the first time ever it will mean three fleets of submarines working together across the Atlantic and Pacific keeping our oceans free … for decades to come.”  

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US, UK And Australia Announce Nuclear Submarine Plan  

Biden announces nuclear-powered submarines for Australia — AP

UK, US and Australia reveal details of nuclear submarine deal — BBC

China looms large as Biden makes submarine moves with UK, Australia — CNN

U.S. to sell nuke-powered subs to Australia in unprecedented deal — Politico 

US, UK and Australia unveil nuclear submarine plan — DW

Australia To Field Virginia & SSN-AUKUS Submarines — Naval News

AUKUS Plan: Aussie Sailors to Serve on American Subs, RAN to Buy U.S. Virginia Attack Boats — USNI News

Aukus nuclear submarine deal loophole prompts proliferation fears — The Guardian