U.S. Officials Try to Soothe France Over Australia Submarine Deal


The U.S. and China are maneuvering for improved military and economic positioning in the Pacific, the theater that will define the great-power competition between the two.

Senior Biden administration officials on Thursday detailed the rationale behind the new security partnership with the U.K. and Australia, the latest element of a strategy that has seen increased cooperation with India and Japan as well. The U.S. is amassing a network of alliances designed to contain China’s ambitions in the South China Sea, even at the risk of infuriating other allies such as France.

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