China withdraws its IAEA anti AUKUS resolution: At the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) general session in Vienna, China withdrew a draught resolution criticising the AUKUS alliance after determining that it would not be supported by a majority of the attendees. In order to prevent the draught resolution that claimed the AUKUS proposal breached Australia’s, the UK’s, and the US’ obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), India collaborated closely with numerous IAEA member nations.
China withdraws its IAEA anti AUKUS resolution: Key Points
- At the UN nuclear watchdog, China battled with the three members of the AUKUS alliance over the proposal to send Australia nuclear-powered submarines.
- This came at the end of a week in which Beijing repeatedly criticised the project that was disclosed last year.
- AUKUS was rejected in the draught resolution because it wanted to give Australia nuclear-powered submarines, even though they would be armed with conventional weapons.
- The resolution’s draught also criticised the IAEA ‘s participation in this matter in addition to claiming that the proposal breached the obligations of the three countries under the NPT.
AUKUS Alliance: Purpose
Australia intends to purchase at least eight nuclear-powered submarines as part of the AUKUS alliance. The three nations have primarily viewed the alliance as a response to China’s growing assertive and hostile behaviour throughout the Indo-Pacific. All three AUKUS members have strong defence and strategic connections with India.