Uncharted waters for South-east Asian nations after Aukus submarine deal

A photo from the Australian Navy showing the submarine HMAS Sheean during a port of call in Hobart, Tasmania, on April 1.
A photo from the Australian Navy showing the submarine HMAS Sheean during a port of call in Hobart, Tasmania, on April 1.PHOTO: NYTIMES

A new trilateral defence pact between Australia, the UK and the US, known as Aukus, will lead to greater uncertainty for South-east Asia, but analysts say the region could gain from having a counterbalancing force against an increasingly assertive China.

The reaction has been wide-ranging in the region.

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