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Malaysia to Seek China’s Views on Australia’s Nuclear Subs Deal

President Joe Biden, center, Scott Morrison, left, and Boris Johnson speak via videoconference on Sept. 15.

President Joe Biden, center, Scott Morrison, left, and Boris Johnson speak via videoconference on Sept. 15.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Malaysia will seek China’s view on a security pact that helps Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines amid concerns of regional instability, Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in parliament. 

The so-called AUKUS partnership announced last week will see U.S. and Britain support Australia in building nuclear-powered submarines. China has since warned that the alliance will spur an arms race in the region.