China Withdraws Proposal Against AUKUS Nuclear Submarines Plan At IAEA

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India's diplomatic prowess at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) forced China to withdraw its proposal against AUKUS (United Group of Australia, Britain and America) on 30 September.

Important facts

  • China tried to get the resolution passed at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) general conference held in Vienna from 26 to 30 September 2021.

  • The AUKUS (Australia, UK and US) Security Partnership had announced that it would facilitate Australia to acquire technology to build nuclear-powered submarines.

  • On 30 September, China argued that the initiative violated its responsibilities under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It also criticized the role of the IAEA in this respect.

  • India's well-considered role helped many countries to take a clear stand on the Chinese proposal.

  • The Indian Mission to the IAEA in Vienna worked closely with many IAEA member states in this regard.

  • When China realized that its proposal would not get majority, it withdrew its draft resolution on 30 September.

AUKUS Alliance

  • In September 2021 Australia, United States and United Kingdom (AUKUS) made an announcement to develop hypersonic missiles.

  • They will work together through a security alliance called AUKUS to develop hypersonic missiles.

  • The move comes amid growing concerns from the US and allies about China's growing military influence in the Pacific.

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