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In November, China’s President Xi Jinping announced that China is prepared to sign the 1995 Bangkok Treaty, joining the ASEAN nuclear-free zone. Why now?
Some nuclear disarmament activists believe that the AUKUS agreement is a breach of international law and will intensify the arms race. What these critics neglect is that the alliance is a response to a greater threat to nonproliferation efforts.
AUKUS is likely to have a net positive effect on India’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific, but transatlantic tension that its rollout has generated will elicit some concern in Delhi.
AUKUS has already sparked a hullabaloo, both with allies such as France and with adversaries such as China. This post explains the naval nuclear propulsion portion of AUKUS, its operation and legal basis, and the controversy surrounding it.