Relations between Beijing and New Delhi remain strained after the latest round of talks to resolve their border dispute, and unlikely to be mended anytime soon given geopolitical realities in the region.
US Secretary of State and French President hold talks to explore potential cooperation in Indo-Pacific region.
As a middling power in an evolving world, France no longer has the luxury to bank on the strength of old friendships.
The idea is a non-starter in Europe as it would just present the union with another crop of power games and political crises.
The security pact has ratcheted up tensions between the US and China, one a traditional security guarantor in the Gulf, and the other, an ascendant power in the region.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison shrugs off Chinese anger over the decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines from the US, saying his country has a right to protect its interests.
US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared together virtually to detail the new alliance, which will be called AUKUS.
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