Like submarines, Australia's Aukus alliance with the United States and Britain lurked beneath the surface before choosing to make its presence known. However the pact plays out, it clearly signals a decision by Australia that its days of not choosing between China and the US are over.
Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.
SYDNEY - Whisperings started emerging from Canberra on the evening of Sept 15 that Prime Minister Scott Morrison had begun briefing senior political figures, including the leader of the opposition, about a looming announcement that involved the nation's security.
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