The United States has ruled out adding India or Japan to the recently created security partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom in the Indo-Pacific.
On September 15, US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the AUKUS trilateral security alliance under which Australia will obtain a fleet of nuclear powered submarines.
“The AUKUS announcement last week was not meant to be any indication, and I think it is the message the president also sent to (French President Emmanuel) Macron, that there is no one else who will be involved in security in the Indo-Pacific, “White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily press conference on Wednesday.
France had criticized its exclusion from the alliance, saying it reflected a lack of coherence in the face of common challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Of course, this is an important topic in conversations with the French, with a range of countries that have a vested interest in the region,” she said.
Jen Psaki was responding to a question of whether countries like India and Japan whose leaders are in town this week for the Quad Summit will be part of the security alliance.
The Quad includes India, the United States, Japan and Australia. The United States is hosting the Quad Summit in person in Washington on September 24.
“Friday … you will have the Australians there (for the Quad Summit). But you will also have India and Japan. Would you consider a military role for them similar to what you have now defined with the Australians? ? ” asked a reporter.
“AUKUS? What would become of him? JAUKUS? JAIAUKUS? Jen Psaki said in lighter moments before answering the question.
The trilateral security alliance, seen as an effort to counter China in the Indo-Pacific region, will allow the United States and the United Kingdom to provide Australia with the technology necessary to develop for the first time sub- nuclear powered sailors.
China has sharply criticized the trilateral alliance, saying such a grouping has no future and will severely undermine regional stability, worsen the arms race and undermine international non-proliferation efforts.