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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on a National Security Initiative virtually with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, inside the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

By Kirsty Needham

Australia will build eight nuclear-powered submarines under an Indo-Pacific security partnership with the United States and Britain that analysts say will likely rile China, which denounced the creation of blocs intent on harming others.

Australia will be only the second country after Britain in 1958 to be given access to U.S. nuclear technology to build nuclear-powered submarines.

“Our world is becoming more complex, especially here in our region, the Indo-Pacific,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“To meet these challenges, to help deliver the security and stability our region needs, we must now take our partnership to a new level.”