Water Wars: ‘AUKUS Is Born’

AUKUS: Biden’s New Security Agreement On Sept. 15, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia announced a new security agreement. The partnership, introduced by the acronym AUKUS, expands the three countries’ already-close alliance by helping Australia develop at least eight nuclear-propelled submarines. The U.S. has previously shared the technology only with the United Kingdom. The agreement is an example of balance-of-power politics, according to Harvard professor Stephen Walt, in which nations seek to counter the power and potential threat of one nation by empowering other nations with the capacity…

U.S. Signals No Thaw in Trade Relations With China

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration offered its strongest signal yet that the United States’ combative economic approach toward China would continue, with senior administration officials saying that President Biden would not immediately lift tariffs on Chinese goods and that he would hold Beijing accountable for trade commitments agreed to during the Trump administration. Comments on Monday by Katherine Tai, the United States trade representative, and other officials provided one of the first looks at how the Biden administration plans to deal with a rising economic and security threat from China.…