Australia Defends Scrapping of French Submarine Deal; Macron and Biden to TalkEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

SYDNEY—Australia on Sunday defended its decision to ditch a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines and opt instead for an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, saying it had flagged its concerns to Paris months ago. Canberra’s move triggered an unprecedented diplomatic crisis that analysts say could do lasting damage to U.S. alliances with France and Europe. It has also riled China, the major rising power in the Indo–Pacific region. A French government spokesman said on Sunday that President Emmanuel Macron would have a call with U.S. President Joe Biden “in the next few days.” Paris has recalled its envoys to Washington and Canberra for consultations. “I don’t regret the decision to put Australia’s national interest first,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday. Morrison said he understood France’s disappointment over the cancellation of the order—valued at $40 billion in 2016 and reckoned to cost much more today—but reiterated …Read More

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