China is continuing to condemn the historic AUKUS security pact between the U.S., UK and Australia.
Responding to the defense deal on Thursday, the Chinese foreign ministry called the agreement “extremely irresponsible.”
The ministry added that the decision to export highly sensitive nuclear-powered submarine technology to Australia is a double standard and urged the three nations to abandon their "cold war zero sum" mentality and narrow-minded geopolitical concepts.
It also said they will eventually end up hurting their own interests if they do not move towards regional peace and stability.
The trilateral security partnership announced on Thursday includes an 18-month plan that will enable Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines for the first time and is seen as an effort to counter China.
Also including AI and other technologies, it is deemed as one of the nations' largest defense pacts in decades.
But UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new security alliance formed between the U.S., UK and Australia is not intended as an ‘adversarial' measure against China.
The AUKUS alliance also caused frustration for France who say they have lost the opportunity to forge stronger ties as well as losing an agreement with Australia to supply 12 submarines.
France's Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said Thursday on local radio that “This unilateral, brutal and unpredictable decision greatly resembles what Mr. Trump would do.”
He added that "It's really a stab in the back" saying he was angry and bitter that trust has been betrayed.
Eum Ji-young Arirang News.