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Joe Biden’s top national security adviser has described the AUKUS agreement as a “major investment” in Australia, but says the United States is not seeking another cold war with China. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has also refused to support Australia’s handling of the deal, which angered France and triggered a deterioration in bilateral relations. Speaking to the Lowy Institute Thursday night, Mr. Sullivan on that the United States “should not go anywhere” in the Indo-Pacific and would have to “learn to deal with reality” in an increasingly powerful Beijing. Sullivan accepted the AUKUS agreement, the first time the United States had agreed to share nuclear propulsion technology with an ally for six decades was a “major effort” on Australia. “The President wanted to say, not only to Australia, but to the world, that if you are a strong friend and ally and partner, and you bet with us, we will bet with you,” he said. “We will bet with you with the most advanced most sensitive technology we have because we trust you [and] we believe in you. READ MORE NEWS: Former Prime Minister Paul Keating on Wednesday criticized the alliance, claiming that China would overtake the United States as a military power in the Indo-Pacific over the coming decades. But Mr Sullivan said the agreement – along with the US’s permanent military presence in South Korea and Japan – showed that it would continue to be a force in the region. “The United States is a Pacific nation, has been a Pacific nation and will always be a Pacific nation,” he said. “We have been a resident of the Indo-Pacific for decades. That is the core of our being as a geopolitical actor. It is fundamental to our identity.” Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has criticized the AUKUS, warned on Thursday that the region was falling back into the “confrontation and division of the Cold War era”. Sullivan said the United States is not looking for another cold war and accepted “effective and healthy” competition with Beijing. “[China] going nowhere and the US going nowhere … so we’ll have to learn to deal with that reality, “he said. The US withdrawal from Afghanistan brought” difficulties [and] trauma “, but was part of a strategy to turn its resources to the Indo-Pacific,” Mr Sullivan said. French President Emmanuel Macron publicly accused Mr Morrison of lying to him, sparking a war of words between the two leaders, who saw a private text of the French president leaked to the Australian media. reprimanding Mr Morrison, Mr Biden said the message had been clumsily handled and claimed he was surprised the French had not been informed.Mr Sullivan admitted there were “some challenges” in the way the agreement was published on, but did not explicitly criticize Australia. “There is no point in revisiting how we got it to where we are,” he said. “Going back through all the ins and outs of this will be inte ressant for historians to do at some point. “But I have to keep my eyes fixed on the present and the future … the good times are ahead.” Washington has taken a more conciliatory approach to France, with Vice President Kamala Harris trying to repair damage by flying to Paris this week. “We have issued a very strong and meaningful and meaningful action plan with the French … and we are digging into the real work of AUKUS,” Sullivan said. Macron said the meetings with Mrs Harris and a face-to-face meeting with Mr Biden in Rome this month had “paved the way for the coming weeks, months and, I must say, years”. This was in stark contrast to the French Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault, who accused Australia of a “stab in the back” over the canceled agreement. “What can any partner in Australia think now? Is this the value of Australia’s signature and commitment?” he asked the National Press Club last week. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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Joe Biden’s top national security adviser has described the AUKUS agreement as a “major investment” in Australia, but says the United States is not seeking another cold war with China.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has also refused to support Australia’s handling of the deal, which angered France and triggered a deterioration in bilateral relations.

Speaking to the Lowy Institute Thursday night, Mr. Sullivan on that the United States “should not go anywhere” in the Indo-Pacific and would have to “learn to deal with reality” in an increasingly powerful Beijing.

“The President wanted to say, not only to Australia, but to the world, that if you are a strong friend and ally and partner, and you bet with us, we will bet with you,” he said.

“We will bet with you with the most advanced most sensitive technology we have because we trust you [and] we believe in you.

But Mr Sullivan said the agreement – along with the US’s permanent military presence in South Korea and Japan – showed that it would continue to be a force in the region.

“The United States is a Pacific nation, has been a Pacific nation and will always be a Pacific nation,” he said.

“We have been a resident of the Indo-Pacific for decades. That is the core of our being as a geopolitical actor. It is fundamental to our identity.”

Sullivan said the United States is not looking for another cold war and accepted “effective and healthy” competition with Beijing.

“[China] going nowhere and the United States going nowhere … so we’ll have to learn how to deal with that reality, “he said.

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan came with “difficulties [and] trauma, ”but was part of a strategy to turn its resources to the Indo-Pacific, Mr Sullivan said.

‘Some challenges’

France was furious at September’s AUKUS announcement, claiming it was blinded by the extinction of Australia’s submarine agreement with the French naval group.

In what was widely interpreted as a reprimand by Mr Morrison, Mr Biden said the message had been handled clumsily, claiming he was surprised the French had not been informed.

Sullivan admitted that there were “some challenges” in the way the deal was announced, but did not explicitly criticize Australia.

“There’s no point in revisiting how we got to where we are,” he said.

“Going back through all the ins and outs of this will be interesting for historians to do at some point.

“But I have to keep my eyes fixed on the present and the future … the good times are ahead.”

Washington has taken a more conciliatory approach to France, with Vice President Kamala Harris trying to repair damage by flying to Paris this week.

“We have issued a very strong and meaningful and meaningful action plan with the French … and we are digging into the real work of AUKUS,” Sullivan said.

French Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault has blown up the government's handling of the AUKUS agreement.  Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

French Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault has blown up the government’s handling of the AUKUS agreement. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Macron said the meetings with Mrs Harris and a face-to-face meeting with Mr Biden in Rome this month had “paved the way for the coming weeks, months and, I must say, years”.

“What can any partner in Australia think now? Is this the value of Australia’s signature and commitment?” he asked the National Press Club last week.

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