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    Australia has taken the next step to acquire nuclear submarines as part of the controversial AUKUS security pact. Defence Minister Peter Dutton signed a formal agreement alongside the US and UK to allow the countries to share information on the nuclear-powered vessels. The agreement was signed in a ceremony on Monday alongside US Chargé d'Affaires Michael Goldman and UK High Commissioner Victoria Treadell. Defence Minister Peter Dutton signed a formal agreement alongside the US and UK to allow the countries to share information on the nuclear-powered vessels. Pictured: Defence Minister Peter Dutton signing the Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information Agreement with US chargé d'affaires Michael Goldman (second right) and British High Commissioner Victoria Treadell (right) at Parliament House in Canberra Mr Dutton said the signing marked a key milestone for the future of the security pact. 'The agreement will allow, for the first time ever, the sharing of information in relation to nuclear-powered systems for Australia,' Mr Dutton told reporters on Monday. 'It's a remarkable achievement and the next step in bringing to fruition the submarines and other deals under...
    White House documents uncovered by an Australian newspaper suggest President Joe Biden knew France hadn't been told Australia planned to cancel a $90 billion submarine deal, throwing his claims to French President Emmanuel Macron into doubt.  The Australian reported Monday on the existence of a 15-page document where the National Security Council, along with British and Australian officials, detailed how the world would learn about the new AUKUS pact.  The document, signed off by Biden's advisers, said Australia would tell France on September 16 - the day AUKUS was announced - that it would be pulling out of the $90 billion submarine deal.  The Australian reported Monday on a National Security Council 15-page document that suggests President Joe Biden (left) knew French President Emmanuel Macron (right) hadn't been told by Australia that the submarine deal was off before the AUKUS announcement  President Joe Biden (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron (right) met in Rome on Friday. There Biden told Macron: 'I was under the impression that France had been informed long before that the deal was not going through'  Biden told...
    President Joe Biden will host a kumbaya meeting with President of France Emmanuel Macron on Friday as part of his make-up campaign following French fury over a U.S. submarine deal with Australia. The two leaders will meet at the Villa Bonaparte, the French embassy to the Vatican situated in the heart of Rome. Their sit down comes ahead of their attendance at the G20 summit this weekend. The Villa was originally the home of Napoleon Bonaparte's sister Pauline, who had a bathtub carved out of the marble installed so she could bath in donkey milk, which she believed would help keep her looking young. It became an embassy in 1945. Biden held two phone calls with Macron in the lead up to Friday afternoon's meeting, which could be one of his more awkward sit downs in his five-day Europe trip. It is the two men's first in-person meeting since the submarine deal with Australia was announced. The White House is making an all out effort to emphasis the importance of its relationship with France, the United States' oldest diplomatic ally.  Jill...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is ending a deal with Papua New Guinea to house asylum-seekers, leaving scores who have spent years on the South Pacific island nation the options of resettling in the United States or the tiny atoll of Nauru. Australia has been paying Papua New Guinea and Nauru since 2013 to house thousands of asylum-seekers who attempt to reach Australian shores by boat. Australia’s pledge that migrants who come by boat will never be allowed to stay has all but ended the people smuggling traffic from Southeast Asian ports. Australia and its nearest neighbor, Papua New Guinea, announced on Wednesday that the asylum-seeker deal will end on Dec. 31. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said asylum-seekers who don’t want to settle in Papua New Guinea can move to Nauru or apply to resettle in the United States. The Nauru agreement will continue indefinitely. Australia struck a deal in the final days of President Barack Obama’s administration for the United States to resettle 1,250 migrants that Australia refuses to accept because they had come by boat. Former...
    Critics of Biden pointed to Kerry's comments to further skepticism about the president's capability to fulfill the duties of the Oval Office. France has since recalled its ambassadors from the U.S. and Australia to emphasize their outrage at the deal. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian went on to deride the AUKUS alliance. "This brutal, unilateral, unpredictable decision looks very much like what Mr. Trump used to do," he said. "Allies don't do this to each other. It's rather insufferable."Here's more about the France fallout with the AUKUS deal: France angry after U.S. strikes deal with Australia for nuclear subs www.youtube.com
    Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said on Monday that President Joe Biden “literally had not been aware of what had transpired” in upsetting France over last month’s nuclear-powered submarine deal the United States did with Australia. “President Biden asked me about it, and I told him, and expressed…,” said Kerry in an interview with French cable channel BFMTV. “You told Joe Biden that it was not the right…,” asked an interviewer. “He asked me. He said, ‘what’s the situation?’ and I explained exactly, uh… He was he had not been aware of that, he literally, literally had not been aware of what had transpired,” said Kerry. “And I don’t want to go into the details of it, but suffice it to say, that that the president… My president is very committed to, um, strengthening the relationship and making sure that this is a small event of the past and moving on to the much more important future.” The deal, known as AUKUS, seeks to allow Australia to protect itself in the Indo-Pacific from the threat posed by China....
    Top U.S. diplomats will fly to Paris next week in the latest effort to repair relations with France which were upended when Australia ditched a French submarine contract in favor of a deal with Washington. Paris withdrew its ambassador last month in a full-blown diplomatic row as ministers accused President Biden of stabbing them in the back. But Ambassador Philippe Etienne announced he had returned on Thursday and issued a photograph of himself meeting Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan at the White House.  Now Secretary of State Antony Blinken and John Kerry, the special presidential envoy for climate, head to Paris on Monday for a meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  'Secretary Blinken will also meet with French counterparts to continue discussions on further strengthening the vital U.S.-France relationship on a range of issues including security in the Indo-Pacific region, the climate crisis, economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transatlantic relationship, and working with our Allies and partners to address global challenges and opportunities,' said spokesman Ned Price announcing the trip. French Ambassador to the U.S....
    President Joe Biden emphasized the partnership American democracy shares with the world as he sat down with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday amid tensions with the French. The two men met amid French anger at the new US-UK-Australian partnership and Paris losing out on a $90 billion sub deal in the process, which resulted in the country pulling its ambassadors from the United States and Australia. Both Biden and Morrison emphasized their partnership was in the best interest of the world.  The AUKUS deal, as it has been dubbed, is part of American moves to counter China's growing power in the Pacific region.     'The issues we discussed and our partnership today really do reach out to so many others in terms of how we address the global challenges,' Morrison said as he met with Biden at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York Biden agreed. 'It goes well beyond just our partnership. Our partnership is in line with all the other democracies in the world. And we got a lot of work to do,' he noted.  'The...
    (CNN)Tensions between European leaders and the White House over a scuppered submarine deal threatened to overshadow President Joe Biden's address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, with one EU official saying "something is broken" in the translantic alliance. The French government has been seething since last week, when Australia abandoned a huge deal to buy conventional submarines from France. Instead, the US and UK announced they would help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines as part of a new security pact called AUKUS. The move has opened a new fissure in the Western alliance and sparked growing public criticism from other European officials. Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for internal markets, said in an interview with CNN on Monday that "something is broken between our relations in Europe and the US." Breton warned there was a "growing feeling" in Europe over past few weeks and there had been a "lack of trust and confidence between allies."Read More"I'm here again to make sure that we rebuild this partnership, even if in some areas we may need to pause and reset it,"...
    SKULKING Emmanuel Macron will torpedo the EU's trade deal with Australia in a fit of pique over its submarine snub in favour of Britain and the US. The pint-sized French president has vowed to sink more than three years of painstaking talks between Brussels and Canberra just before the finish line. 1Emmanuel Macron has vowed to torpedo EU trade deal with Australia Brexit Britain has an agreement with Oz which removes billions of tariffs on exports and provides cheaper goodies from Down Under like wine and choccy. Eurocrats aimed to follow suit by inking their own deal this year but those dreams have run aground amid French fury over the AUKUS alliance. France's Europe Minister Clement Beaune said it's "unthinkable to move forward on trade negotiations as if nothing had happened". In response the EU Commission signalled the next round of talks, scheduled for October, may now be canned. Energy minister Greg Hands said the row shows the advantage of Britain taking back control of its own trade policy after Brexit. He added: "It’s always worth thinking where we would...
    President Joe Biden still has not rescheduled a call with French President Emmanuel Macron as relations between the two countries deteriorate over a new national security alliance with the United Kingdom and Australia that cost France a billion-dollar submarine contract. White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the pair's aides are trying to connect the two leaders in "the coming days" amid the United Nations's 76th General Assembly meeting in New York. But she said she was "not aware" of administration attempts to compensate France after Australia reneged on its promise to buy 12 new diesel-electric submarines, opting to build nuclear-powered ones with the U.S. and U.K. BIDEN'S STRUGGLES WITH CHINA AND EUROPE INVITE UNWELCOME TRUMP COMPARISONS "Certainly, that is a factor for them domestically. We understand that, but I think you can expect the president's call to be more about reaffirming our commitment, the United States's commitment, to our alliance, to our partnership, and to working together on a range of issues, including security in the Indo-Pacific," Psaki told reporters Monday. "We're in active conversation about a call."...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden will speak with French President Emmanuel Macron "in the coming days" and reaffirm the US' commitment to working with France on a range of global issues amid the worst diplomatic spat between the two nations in years.White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that White House is still working on scheduling the call. The planned call comes after France recalled its ambassador to the US in response to the recently announced national security partnership between the US, United Kingdom and Australia. "What I expect the President will do on that call is reaffirm our commitment to working with one of our oldest and closest partners on a range of challenges that the global community is facing. And he, of course, will discuss recent developments and our ongoing work together on a range of issues, certainly our shared interest in the Indo-Pacific but also a range of global challenges and issues," Psaki said. The French government said last week that it felt betrayed when Australia pulled out of their existing multi-billion dollar defense deal, agreeing...
    President BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE hopes to hold a call with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronBiden falters in pledge to strengthen US alliances Australian prime minister: No regrets over submarine deal with US, UK France's Macron to speak to Biden about submarine deal MORE to smooth over tensions after France reacted angrily last week to a new partnership between the U.S. and Australia on nuclear-powered submarines. “Biden has asked to be able to speak with President Macron to talk about the way forward, to talk about his deep commitment to the U.S. alliance with France,” a senior Biden administration official told reporters on a call Monday.  A call between the two leaders has not been scheduled but the official indicated that it was likely to happen. “The president wants to communicate his desire to work closely with France in the Indo-Pacific and globally,” the official said. “We will continue to be engaged in the coming days on this...
    France's ambassador to the US continues to fume about being left in the dark about a new security arrangement between the US, Britain, and Australia – saying Monday after being recalled to Paris that France 'absolutely' wasn't informed in advance.    'As soon as we learned Wednesday morning (of the deal), I demanded to be seen, I was seen,” by the White House, Ambassador Philippe Etienne told French radio station RTL Monday from Paris.   But, he added, 'It was a little late.' Speaking from Paris amid the dramatic slap from France to its longtime diplomatic ally the US, Etienne complained: 'We absolutely weren’t informed of the new course.' French President Emmanuel Macron recalled France's ambassador to the US after being caught unawares of a new security arrangement between the US, Australia and Great Britain The ongoing diplomatic spat will be in the background as President Joe Biden flies to New York Monday for the meeting of the UN General Assembly. French President Emmanuel Macron is not scheduled to appear, and in another sign of diplomatic pique, he won't be appearing...
    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted that Britain’s relationship with France is “ineradicable,” despite fury in Paris over a U.S.-U.K.-Australia submarine deal. A meeting between French Defense Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart, Ben Wallace, has been postponed as the agreement roils relations between France and major allies. The two had been due to meet and address a meeting organized this week by the Franco-British Council. Peter Ricketts, the council’s co-chairman, told The Guardian on Monday that the meeting had been “postponed to a later date.” The submarine deal, announced last week, will see Australia cancel a contract to buy diesel-electric French subs and acquire nuclear-powered vessels from the U.S. instead. The U.S., Australia and Britain say the deal bolsters their commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, and has widely been seen as a move to counter an increasingly assertive China. The French government appears to have been blindsided by the agreement. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called it a “stab in the back,” and France recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra, a highly unusual...
    French President Emmanuel Macron will speak in the coming days with President Biden in their first contact since a major diplomatic crisis erupted between France and the United States over a submarine deal with Australia, an official said Sunday. The phone call is at the request of Mr. Biden, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said, adding that there was "shock" and "anger" at first in France over news of the deal. But now it's time to try to move forward, he said. What the French now call a "grave crisis" erupted over the sudden, surprise end to a 2016 contract worth at least $66 billion between France and Australia to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines. Instead, Australia signed on with the United States and Britain for eight nuclear-powered submarines. France insists it was not informed of the deal in advance. France recalled its ambassadors from the U.S. and Australia in a sign of the seriousness of the crisis. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met Sunday with the two ambassadors to discuss "the strategic consequences of the current crisis," the ministry said without elaborating....
    France's recalled ambassador to Australia has excoriated Scott Morrison over his decision to tear up a $90billion submarine contract. Jean-Pierre Thebault was sensationally summoned back to Paris after Australia scrapped the deal in favour of nuclear-powered boats under a new pact with the United Kingdom and United States. Mr Thebault said Australia's prime minister kept the French government in the dark until the last minute. 'You can imagine our anger. We felt fooled,' he told ABC radio on Monday. There was disagreement over whether French President Emmanuel Macron was notified one hour or five hours before Australia announced the AUKUS pact with the US and UK He said there was disagreement over whether French President Emmanuel Macron was notified one hour or five hours before Australia announced the AUKUS pact with the US and UK. 'When you're trusted partners you don't behave like that,' Mr Thebault said. 'It's a question of principle, it's a question of dignity and mutual respect in relations between states.' But he insists France is not lobbying the European Union to pull out of free-trade...
    The Australian government is prepared to lease nuclear submarines from the US while its own fleet is being built, Defence Minister Peter Dutton says. Last week, Australia entered into a surprise regional security pact with the US and the UK, known as AUKUS, which includes building US nuclear submarines but these will not be ready until the late 2030s. Asked on Sky News' Sunday Agenda program whether the government would consider leasing nuclear submarines in the interim, Mr Dutton said: 'The short answer is yes'. 'There is all of that discussion to take place in the next 12 to 18 months,' he said. Defence minister Peter Dutton (pictured) has confirmed the government will consider leasing nuclear submarines while new ones are built 'The talk that you can just buy a nuclear-powered submarine off the shelf, of course, is just not accurate or correct.' He said the Chinese are pumping out submarines, frigates and aircraft carriers at a record rate and so the rest of the world has stepped up its own production. 'That unfortunately is the dynamic we are...
    His nations have now taken on the role of “firefighter” AUKUS – USA, Australia, Great Britain- To quell French anger after the announcement of their alliance, and mainly to cancel Australia’s submarine order 54 billion from France. The move led to a French retaliation with Paris, which recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia. Meanwhile, this afternoon, Paris announced its cooperation with India. Paris counter-attack Its Foreign Minister France According to the French Foreign Ministry, the two countries agreed with its Indian counterpart to co-operate in the project to promote “truly multilateral international order”. The article continues after the advertisement Jean-Yves Le Trian and Subramaniam Jaisankar agreed by telephone to deepen their strategic cooperation based on the “relationship of political trust between the two major Indo-Pacific states.” At the same time, the French Minister for European Affairs, Clement Bonn, criticized France 24 television, particularly Australia and Great Britain, and called it “the time to act as Europeans”.Strengthen our strategic and defensive capabilities. He criticized Australia’s decision to cancel the nuclear deal with France in the interests...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia said Saturday it was noting with regret France’s recall of its ambassador over the surprise cancellation of a submarine contract in favour of a U.S. deal. France recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the United States on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger over a deal among the United States, Australia and Britain to provide Australia with a fleet of at least eight nuclear-power submarines. The deal scraps a 90 billion Australian dollar ($66 billion) contract with French majority state-owned Naval Group, signed in 2016, to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines. Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s office said in a statement: “We note with regret France’s decision to recall its Ambassador to Australia for consultations following the decision on the Attack Class project.” “Australia understands France’s deep disappointment with our decision, which was taken in accordance with our clear and communicated national security interests,” the statement said. It added that Australia valued its relationship to France and looked forward to future engagements together. Payne and Defense Minister Peter Dutton are currently in the United States...
    EMMANUEL Macron won't let the UK off the hook over its new pact with Australia and the US. The French President is said to be seething at the Asia-Pacific submarine alliance - and diplomats have blasted the move as "opportunistic". 4President Macron won't let the UK off the hook over its new deal with the US and AustraliaCredit: AFP 4Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Scott Morrison have made a security pactCredit: Eyevine Known as Aukus, the historic pact will see Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time to counter China's rising military might.  It sparked a major row with France as the country lost a multi-billion pound deal with Australia to build 12 diesel submarines. France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Info radio: "It's really a stab in the back." UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and Australian PM Scott Morrison announced the agreement on September 15. Macron was reportedly caught off guard, and later recalled the country's ambassador to the US in an extraordinary tantrum. He stamped his foot...
    FRANCE has recalled its ambassador to the US in an extraordinary tantrum over a new pact between America, the UK and Australia. President Emmanuel Macron has stamped his foot and called back his emissary Philippe Etienne in an epic sulk this evening. 3President Macron has recalled his ambassador in the US over a new deal between America, Australia and the UKCredit: AFP The news was announced by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who said the move was needed by the "exceptional seriousness" of the situation. The new Aukus pact, he says, has caught France off guard and resulted in the cancellation of multi-billion dollar contracts for Australia to build subs. And Le Drian dramatically described the move as a "stab in the back". But he's not the only Frenchman hopping in fury this evening. One diplomatic source told Reuters: "The UK accompanied this operation opportunistically. "We do not need to consult in Paris with our ambassador to know what to think and what conclusions to draw from it." Most read in The US SunFIND GABBY Gabby Petito last...
    By Maegan Vazquez | CNN The French government says it was betrayed when Australia pulled out of their existing multi-billion dollar defense deal, agreeing instead to attain nuclear-powered submarines through a new deal with the United States and the United Kingdom. The effort to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines — a major step toward countering China as President Joe Biden works to build international backing for his approach to Beijing — is part of a new trilateral partnership among the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, dubbed “AUKUS.” High-ranking French officials said the AUKUS deal was a stab in the back and a move that “shows a lack of coherence.” And they were so angry they even scrapped an upcoming reception at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, and toned down celebrations to commemorate a a Revolutionary War naval victory by the French that helped the US to win its independence. Why is France so angry about the trilateral deal? France stands to lose the equivalent of $65 billion US dollars from an existing deal to provide Australia with...
    Boris Johnson's nuclear submarine deal with the US and Australia has raised fears Britain could be dragged into war if China invades Taiwan. He was asked yesterday what the new naval alliance - dubbed Aukus - would do if Beijing marched on Taipei. The sabre-rattling PM refused to rule anything out, saying it was the UK's job to 'defend international law'. Meanwhile his national security adviser hailed the cooperation between the nations as creating 'indissoluble bonds'. Boris Johnson was asked yesterday what the new naval alliance - dubbed Aukus - would do if Beijing marched on Taipei The UK, US and Australia agreed to co-operate on the development of the first nuclear-powered fleet for the Australian navy in the ground-breaking agreement. Pictured: China;s submarine in the Yellow Sea in 2019 Former Prime Minister Theresa May asked her successor what would happen if China invaded Taiwan. Mr Johnson refused to rule anything out His national security adviser hailed the cooperation between the nations as creating 'indissoluble bonds'. Sir Stephen Lovegrove (pictured) said the move marked a 'profound,...
    Deep friendship SO much for “impotent, insular Little ­Britain”, that Remainer fantasy where post-Brexit our great country withered away to feeble irrelevance. The huge nuclear submarine deal dramatically announced by the UK, US and Australia torpedoes that. 3The nuclear submarine deal with the US and Australia will strengthen diplomatic relations and boost employmentCredit: Handout - Getty It is set to earn us billions and create hundreds of jobs. It will strengthen the Special Relationship with the US which looked at risk. It will boost ties with Australia, alongside our new trade deal. Most crucially, the subs and other shared tech will bolster our deterrent against China’s increasing aggression. Within the EU it would have been unthinkable. The French have had a hissy fit over the Aussies binning a lesser deal with them. C’est la vie . . . President Macron undermines us every chance he gets. It is vital — and new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss must ensure it — to keep pressure on China over their war on human rights and democracy, their enslavement of Muslims, their bullying,...
    SEETHING French officials warned efforts to stop migrant crossings could be scuppered after a subs deal with Australia was sunk. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused Australia of betrayal for axing a £65billon contract in favour of a deal with the UK and US. 1Australia this week signed a deal with the UK and US to help build submarines to combat Chinese aggression - which France sees as an act of betrayalCredit: EPA The Aussies will now get nuclear-powered submarines instead of the 12 conventionally powered diesel-electric French subs under the historic AUKUS agreement reached by Boris Johnson, US president Joe Biden and Australian PM Scott Morrison earlier this week. Mr Le Drian said his country had been “stabbed in the back” by Australia’s decision. Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont said the secret pact amounted to a “breach of trust”. He said: “This goes with (Home Secretary) Priti Patel saying we have not done enough, that the French police have been helping migrants cross the Channel.” He said it was now “harder” for the UK and France to “speak a common...
    French diplomats in Washington on Thursday canceled a gala at their embassy to celebrate ties between the U.S. and France amid mounting fury at the Biden administration's role in scuppering a $90 billion submarine deal with Australia.   The event was supposed to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Capes, when the French Navy fought the Royal Navy of Britain during the Revolutionary War. But it will not now go ahead on Friday, an official told the New York Times. The decision reflects French anger at the announcement that the U.S. and the U.K. would help Australia acquire a nuclear-powered submarine fleet, upending an existing contract with France for 12 diesel vessels.  French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described the deal as a 'unilateral, brutal, unpredictable decision' like those of former President Trump.  French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (l) described President Biden's deal as a 'unilateral, brutal, unpredictable decision' amid French fury that it triggered cancelation of an Australian agreement to buy French diesel powered submarines The French embassy event was supposed to commemorate the...
    (CNN)The surprise announcement that the United States, United Kingdom and Australia have agreed a defense pact that will go some way toward countering China in the Indo-Pacific region sparked an array of emotions. In Europe, it left the French government furious and European Union officials somewhat confused as to what the bloc should do about China. The deal, which was unveiled on Wednesday, will see the US and UK send strategic and technical teams to Australia to help the country procure nuclear-powered submarines. It also meant that the Australian government cancelled a multi-billion contract for non-nuclear submarines with a French manufacturer. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described this as a "real stab in the back" from Australia. He also fired a shot at US President Joe Biden, saying that the sudden announcement of this deal without consulting other allies was a "brutal and unilateral decision" that "resembles a lot of what Mr. Trump was doing." Leaving aside France's wounded pride, the new geopolitical pact between English-speaking maritime powers (known as AUKUS and pronounced "aw-kiss") presents a strategic headscratcher for...
    President Biden is expected to announce a new group to share defense technology with Britain and Australia on Wednesday designed to push back against the rise of China.  He is due to speak at 5pm on 'a national security initiative,' but the White House has not released further details. The working group, known by the acronym AUUKUS, will allow the three allies to share information in technological areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber, underwater systems and long-range strike capabilities, according to Politico, citing a White House official and congressional staffer.  Both characterized the plan as a move to counter China's rise in the technology and military sectors.   It is one of a string of initiatives designed to demonstrate Washington's global role after the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. Biden will next week host his first in-person summit of leaders of the Quad nations — made up of Australia, India, Japan and the United States — which have been coordinating against China's growing reach. President Biden is due to deliver remarks on 5pm on 'a national security initiative,' but the White House...
    A Tesla car charges at a Tesla Supercharger station on April 26, 2021 in Corte Madera, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Shares of mining giant BHP Group jumped 3% in Australia on Thursday morning, after the company announced it will be supplying nickel to electric carmaker Tesla. In a statement on Thursday, BHP said one of its mines based in Western Australia, Nickel West, will be supplying the world's largest electric vehicle maker with nickel, a key raw material used in EV batteries. "Demand for nickel in batteries is estimated to grow by over 500 per cent over the next decade, in large part to support the world's rising demand for electric vehicles," BHP Chief Commercial Officer Vandita Pant said in a statement. BHP currently derives most of its earnings from iron ore, used predominantly to make steel. Read more about electric vehicles from CNBC ProWall Street analysts name their top electrification stocks as EVs enter a 'supercycle' Electric vehicle company Nio can rally 50%, says HSBC as it upgrades the stock 'Don't rely on China' as a top reason to...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) elbow-bumps a greeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (L) in the doorway of 10 Downing Street in London, United Kingdom on June 14, 2021.Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images The U.K. has agreed a free trade deal with Australia. The deal — known as the new Free Trade Agreement — means it will cost less for British businesses to sell products like cars, Scotch whisky and confectionery into Australia, the U.K. government said Tuesday. The move will boost U.K. industries that employ 3.5 million people across the country, it added. "Today marks a new dawn in the UK's relationship with Australia, underpinned by our shared history and common values," the government said in a statement.  "Our new free-trade agreement opens fantastic opportunities for British businesses and consumers, as well as young people wanting the chance to work and live on the other side of the world." The deal was flagged late Monday when Australia's minister for trade said U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison had agreed...
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    Nine has struck deals with tech giants Google and Facebook that will mean it gets paid for its news content. The media company announced the deals in a statement to the ASX on Tuesday. Facebook will pay Nine for news video clips and access to digital news articles on Facebook news products. The deal will initially last for up to three years. The parties have agreed on a minimum amount to be paid under the deal. Nine was reported to have inked a letter of intent with Facebook in March. Nine will supply news content to Google for its News Showcase and other news products. Under the five-year deal, Google will do more marketing across Nine's platforms. Nine says the amount payable is a fixed annual fee with modest growth in the early years. New Nine CEO Mike Sneesby has revealed the network is cashed up after deals with Google and Facebook ahead of Australia's world-first News Media Bargaining Code (above) Nine, which also owns Fairfax newspapers, is Australia's biggest Australian-owned media company Nine's own newspapers The Sydney...
    ‘This is a very exciting moment for the UK’ – Eddie Mulholland Prime Aussie steak in your local restaurant? Jars of Vegemite in the local Sainsbury’s? Possibly. But at least one benefit from the new trade deal with Australia is almost certainly cheaper wine from Down Under. Liz Truss, the trade secretary leading Britain’s post-Brexit charge out into the world, on Friday finished two full days negotiating with Australian Trade minister Dan Tehan on what both sides have declared as “the vast majority of elements of a comprehensive free trade agreement”. The details are secret and need to be formally agreed at the G7 meeting in Cornwall in June but it is likely that it will mean – for example – Australian sparkling wine, which continues to carry a tariff of 20p a bottle from when the UK was in the European Union, will fall in price. “For British exporters, it will be easier to sell into the Australian market, and it will be easier for Australia to sell into the UK market. There are lots of fantastic Australian goods...
    Britain is set to sign a major trade agreement with Australia – which could be signed next month. The $ 20 billion deal could be sealed within weeks after both sides shake hands over all key parts of the deal. Britain ready to sign milestone trade agreement with Australia, film with Liz Truss and Don TehanCredit: Simon Dawson / No. 10 Downing Street Close aides to Commerce Minister Liz Truss promised to seal the deal this week. But Ms Truss impressed her opponent with Vietnamese food on Thursday night, before spoiling the Town Under group with fish and chips yesterday. He is Mr. Tehan Emma gifted Bridgewater mugs and a cup of tea from the London Pottery Company. The Sun understands that part of this deal is moving toward the obligation of Scotch whiskey oz, which will be a great incentive for Scottish makers. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: “We have made great inroads in recent days and now a deal is in place. “I would like to personally thank Dan for his contribution and for wanting to make...
    BRITAIN is on the brink of signing a landmark trade deal with Australia – which could be signed off next month. The £20billion agreement could be sealed in weeks after both sides shook hands on all major parts of the treaty. Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street 2 Britain is on the brink of signing a landmark trade deal with Australia, pictured Liz Truss with counterpart Dan Tehan Aides close to Trade Minister Liz Truss vowed to seal the deal this week by forcing her Australian counterpart Dan Tehan to sit in uncomfortable wooden chairs in the Foreign Office. But Ms Truss wooed her counterpart with Vietnamese food on Thursday evening, before spoiling the contingent from Down Under with fish and chips yesterday. And she even presented Mr Tehan with Emma Bridgewater mugs and a London Pottery Company tea pot as a gift. The Sun understands part of the deal will see Scotch whiskey heading to Oz tariff free – handing a major boost to Scottish producers. International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, said: “We have made major breakthroughs over...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Facebook is teaming up with News Corp Australia just weeks after the country passed a groundbreaking law requiring tech companies to pay for news content.The three-year partnership was announced on Monday. It will allow content from much of Rupert Murdoch's local media empire, including The Australian newspaper, to be featured on Facebook News — a section of the platform that curates coverage from selected publishers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The agreement adds to a stream of new partnerships News Corp has signed in Australia in recent weeks.Sky News Australia, a broadcaster owned by a local News Corp subsidiary, has struck a separate deal with Facebook (FB), which "builds on an existing arrangement," News Corp (NWS) said in a statement Monday.Last month, the conglomerate — which includes much of Australian media and some UK outlets, as well as the Wall Street Journal and New York Post in the United States — also unveiled an agreement with Google (GOOGL).Read MoreThe partnership allows News Corp's US, UK and Australian publications to be featured on Google's News Showcase platform....
    More On: news corp. News Corp. and Google reach global news-sharing deal Google to start paying UK news publishers for content News Corp reports record 2Q profits amid focus on digital Keith Poole to take helm at the New York Post News Corp. on Monday said it has reached a new three-year deal with Facebook in Australia — one of the first major deals announced since that country last month passed a law effectively forcing tech titans to pay for news content they link to on their sites. The agreement calls for Facebook to pay for News Corp. news provided to its Facebook News platform and includes The Australian national newspaper, the news.com.au news site, The Daily Telegraph in New South Wales, the Herald Sun in Victoria and The Courier-Mail in Queensland, as well as other regional and community publications. Sky News Australia also reached an agreement with Facebook extending it existing pay arrangement. “The agreement with Facebook is a landmark in transforming the terms of trade for journalism, and will have a material and meaningful impact on...
    COVID-19 stimulus relief bill, Chris Harrison addresses Bachelor controversy, SpaceX launches Starlink: 5 things to know Thursday Meghan accuses royal family of perpetuating falsehoods against her and Harry EPOS has agreed to a two-year deal with ESL Gaming Australia and will join ESL ANZ as its official audio partner. EPOS audio peripherals will be used on set by talent during the ESL ANZ Champs week.  © Provided by Dot Esports ESL is one of the largest esports and gaming companies in the world. The company is known for its premier leagues and tournaments across multiple titles like the ESL Pro Tour, Intel Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, and the ESL Pro League. EPOS offers high-end audio and video solutions and has over 115 years of experience. This partnership will raise the production quality during the ANZ Champs broadcast. ESL product manager James Fletcher expressed his excitement about the new partnership in a press release.  “We are excited to bring EPOS on board as the Official Audio Partner, and look forward to highlighting excellence in audio through their range of products...
    More On: facebook Facebook backs down on bullying in a win for journalism Facebook watchdogs beg Canadian town: Stop erecting sexy snowmen! Facebook agrees to lift Australian news ban after reaching deal on media law Canada, Australia stand up to Facebook-Google — more nations to join the fight Australian lawmakers advanced a bill that effectively will force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for news content, clearing the last major hurdle for legislation that could set precedents for government policies worldwide. The bill, which was amended and green-lighted by Australia’s Senate, will return to its House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass as early as this week. Lawmakers introduced amendments to the so-called Media Bargaining Code after Facebook last week escalated a dispute over the new laws by blocking Australian users from sharing and viewing news content on its popular social media platform. Facebook on Tuesday said it would restore Australian users’ access to news in light of the compromise it had reached with the government. On Wednesday, Facebook also said it plans to...
    Sydney — Facebook said Tuesday it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news and pay local media companies for content, after a last-gasp deal on pending landmark legislation. Australia's Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced a face-saving compromise that will see Google and Facebook plunge tens of millions of dollars into the struggling local news sector. In return the U.S. digital firms will, for now, avoid being subjected to mandatory payments that could cost them vastly more and create what they see as an alarming global precedent. Just hours after the compromise was unveiled, Facebook announced its first proposed deal with an Australian media company, Seven West, and was said to be pursuing commercial deals with other local news organizations. The company is expected to use the content to launch a dedicated news product in Australia later this year. Current state of technology and social media ... 06:54 "As a result of these changes, we can now work to further our investment in public interest journalism, and restore news on Facebook for Australians in the coming days,"...
    CANBERRA (Reuters) - Facebook said on Tuesday it would restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to a proposed law that forces tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms. Following are comments from Facebook, Australia and analysts: JOSH FRYDENBERG, AUSTRALIA'S TREASURER "There is no doubt that Australia has been a proxy battle for the world. I have no doubt that so many other countries are looking at what is happening here in Australia. "Facebook and Google have not hidden the fact that they know that the eyes of the world are on Australia, and that's why they have sought to get a code here that is workable." CAMPBELL BROWN, FACEBOOK VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL NEWS PARTNERSHIP "We have come to an agreement that will allow us to support the publishers we choose to, including small and local publishers. "The government has clarified we will retain the ability to decide if news appears on Facebook so that we won’t automatically be subject to a forced negotiation. "It’s always been our intention to support journalism...
    Britain needs to find a way of dealing with technology giants such as Facebook after the social media company blocked all news content in Australia, the government warned today.    The warning comes as Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country's fight to make Facebook pay for news content could go global as he has already had 'promising' talks with other world leaders.  'Ultimately, we've got to as a government, in our country, we've got to find a way of dealing with what is now a very very well established, a very important part of people's lives, which is social media and social media companies,' Foreign Office Minister James Cleverly told the BBC.  'We need to find ways of making sure that the commercial relationships with these big tech giants work.'  Scott Morrison, who angrily lashed out at Facebook yesterday after the site banned all news content, said today that he has spoken to India's Narendra Modi and Canada's Justin Trudeau about the ban. France's Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson are also 'watching closely' as Australia battles it out...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF/AP) — Google struck a deal with the government of Australia to pay for journalism this week while Facebook began restricting news sharing on its site as Australian lawmakers moved forward to make digital giants pay for their use of news stories. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. announced a wide-ranging deal with Google Wednesday. Major Australian media organization Seven West Media reached a deal earlier, its rival Nine Entertainment is reportedly close to its own pact and Australian Broadcasting Corp. is in negotiations. But Facebook said it “will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content.” The dominant social network blamed Australia’s proposed law for its decision, and said the law “fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it.” Google is rushing to negotiate generous deals with big and small Australian media companies. News Corp. said it would receive “significant payments” from Google in the three-year agreement, which includes heavyweight news organizations throughout the English-speaking world, such as the Wall Street Journal and New...
    . Sydney, Australia / 02.15.2021 18:23:15 A senior Australian official reported that at a time when Google and Facebook try to avoid a binding Australian government law, the internet giants are close to reaching agreements with Australian media to be paid for their content. Australian Treasury Secretary Josh Frydenberg said that negotiations with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai made « great progress » in resolving the discrepancies. The Australian government draws up a « binding code of conduct » to govern relations between the financially strapped traditional media and the internet giants, notably Google and Facebook, which capture a notorious share of advertising revenue. Both Facebook and Google have threatened to suspend their services if the Australian bill, which is being examined by Parliament, is implemented as it is formulated. Frydenberg said on Monday on ABC public network that negotiations with the two groups « have made great progress over the weekend. » « I think we are very close to very important trade deals, » he said, adding that this « will transform the Australian media landscape. » The binding...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union have made "some progress" in post-Brexit trade talks but there are still significant gaps and the most likely outcome is for negotiations to end in no deal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Wednesday. "We have made some progress in some areas but it still remains that there significant gaps," the spokesman told reporters. "Our position is still that we want to reach an FTA (free trade agreement) but it is still the case ... the most likely outcome is still leaving on Australia terms." Australia does not have a free trade agreement with the EU, meaning the bulk of its trade is on World Trade Organization terms. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by William James) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Ireland, European Union, international trade, United Kingdom, Europe
    BRITAIN can get a zero tariff free trade deal with Australia by the end of the year, the former Aussie PM claims. Tony Abbott flew to London and hit back at critics of his envoy role representing the UK on the Board of Trade. ⚠️ Read our Brexit live blog for the latest news & updates 4The UK can get a zero tariff free trade deal with Australia before the year is up, says Tony AbbottCredit: Getty Images - Getty Confirming job talks, he told MPs he was “more than happy to help” and said it was be in Britain’s and Australia’s interests to do a deal quickly. Mr Abbott said he would be doing the job in his capacity as a private citizen but added he had the backing of current Australian Premier Scott Morrison to take the new role. After The Sun revealed the star on the newly revamped body tasked with drumming up support for Brexit Britain, the forthright right-winger faced a barrage of condemnation for his views on climate, migration and women. Today the Chair of...
    Chinese telecom giant Huawei is ending its oldest major sporting sponsorship deal, saying Monday it was breaking its contract with an Australian rugby league team after nine years because of a “great trade war” between China and Australia. Australia has barred the world’s largest maker of switching gear and major smartphone brand from involvement in crucial national communication infrastructure in recent years, while China has ratcheted up pressure for an Australian policy reversal. “Unfortunately as everyone knows, Huawei has been caught in the middle of a great trade war and the effects on our business is greater than we expected,” Huawei Australia’s chief corporate affairs officer Jeremy Mitchell told reporters. Huawei will end its current financial backing of the Canberra Raiders at the end of the current National Rugby League season, because of the “negative business environment” in Australia, Mitchell said. The grand final is on Oct. 25. Huawei will continue as one of the minor sponsors, as the team searches for a replacement major sponsor. “We would’ve loved to have stayed for another nine years or 10 years,...
    Liz Truss Liz Truss will this week set out her ambition for a “gold standard” trade deal with Australia which would wipe tariffs on spirits, clothing and cars, as the Government prepares to step up talks next month.  The International Trade Secretary will tell MPs that UK officials are intensifying talks as they push for a wide-ranging agreement which includes financial services, telecoms, technology, food and drink. The Government also hopes to make it easier for professionals to travel and work in Australia, with politicians in Canberra calling for the two sides to agree to freedom of movement in any post-Brexit deal.  A Whitehall source On Saturday night said both sides were optimistic a deal can be struck before the end of the year, with the UK also hoping to conclude a deal with Japan in the same time frame. With the second round of negotiations due to commence in the fourth week of September, Ms Truss will hail a trade deal with Australia as a “critical step” to fulfilling the UK’s ambition of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive...
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