The unprecedented crisis that arose between the United States of America (USA) and France becomes an obsession of the world now after Australia canceled on Thursday a big contract signed in 2016 with France to purchase traditional submarines but replaced them with US nuclear–powered submarines.
Australia preferred to beat a strategic partnership with the USA and Britain.
From the very beginning, France severely criticized the US-Australia submarine deal, as French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the cancellation of the deal by Australia was “a stab in the back.”
He indicated that he is very angry and feels great bitterness, adding that France held a relation based on trust with Australia but this trust was betrayed. Le Drian beat that contract when he was Minister of Defense of France.
On her part, Florence Parly, France’s Minister of the Armies, considered that Australia’s abolishing of the submarines’ contract is a dangerous decision in international politics and represents a bad omen for the reverence of promises between states.
The two French ministers slammed bluntly US President and accused him of crushing his allies. Le Drian made a statement that said that the unilateral, surprising, and unexpected decision resembles much what Mr. Trump did.
The French minister said that his country was informed suddenly the statement of President Biden that the contract signed between France and Australia has been canceled as the USA will suggest the Australians a nuclear offer which France doesn’t know its content.
Le Drian affirmed that such behavior is unacceptable between the allies, saying that they have spoken about these matters for a short time, it is an unbearable matter.
France recalled its two ambassadors to Canberra and Washington for consultation. France insists every day through the statements of her officials that there is a dangerous crisis, cheating, duplicity and deteriorating of trust, disdain of France’s allies.
The Australian decision led to the tension in relations between France and the USA; it is thought that President Biden seeks to bolster relations among the allies after disturbance hit these relations throughout four years during Trump’s presidential term.
This crisis will affect the definition of the new strategic concept of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ( NATO). The upcoming summit of the organization in Madrid, the capital city of Spain, will lead to a new strategic concept.
What has recently happened will affect the definition of the strategic concept provided Europe succeeds in acquiring its strategic compass. This will be the responsibility of France within the first half of 2022 when it presided over the European Union (EU) as of January 2022.
France is convinced that after the precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan without consultations with the allies and the submarines’ file if the European want to stay in history they should be unified and defend together their interests then their fate differs completely.
The new US foreign policy was based on deterring China at first as the USA’s fear of China and her allies becomes the engine that leads the regional expenditure defense.
Missile trials and new arms deals this week increased tension in the Pacific Ocean in the shadow of escalating conflict between superpowers in this region of the world.
This region also sees the purchase of American nuclear-powered submarines, Tomahawk, and cruise missiles by Australia, forming a defense alliance with Washington and London that complicates the situation and pushes countries in the region towards a regional race of arms between China and her allies and the USA and its allies.
Last year the two regions of Asia and Oceania spent more than a trillion dollars over their armies according to statistics of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Lucy Bird-Sidoro, an official of SIRRI, said that we saw an ascending curve over the last twenty years in defense expenditure. She considered Asia as the region where the curves could be seen more conspicuously rather than any other region.
The ascending curve implies suitable circumstances to rapid economic growth flows funds into government coffers and implies also changes in concepts of threatening in the region.
China’s quota represents half of the defense expenditure in Asia and her expending continued increasing over the last 26 years.
This expenditure made the Chinese army (People’s Liberation Army) converts her army to a modern combatant force. Beijing expends $ 252 billion annually on defense.
This sum has risen by 76% since 2011 which enables China to show strength across the region and challenge directly the US supremacy.
Translated by Ahmed Moamar