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Says it will consider exchanging military technology with the United States and Great Britain

Sydney: On Thursday, New Zealand announced its consideration of sharing advanced military technologies with the United States and Britain, fostering closer defense alliances with Australia amidst concerns over an increasingly assertive China. The defense and foreign ministers of Australia and New Zealand convened in Melbourne to deliberate on enhancing security cooperation between the two neighboring nations, marking their initial joint meeting since New Zealand’s right-leaning coalition government assumed office last year.

Australia disclosed plans to dispatch officials to New Zealand within the year for discussions on the tripartite defense partnership involving Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This move comes amid a geopolitical landscape where China, the United States, and other nations vie for influence in the strategically crucial Pacific region.

The United States and Britain have committed to providing Australia with a fleet of submarines, propelled by advanced US nuclear technology. Despite New Zealand’s long-standing ban on nuclear-powered vessels using its ports since 1984, it is contemplating involvement in a commitment alongside Australia, Britain, and the United States to develop and share sophisticated military capabilities. These capabilities include artificial intelligence, electronic warfare, and hypersonic technology.

Simultaneously, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong expressed apprehension about allegations involving employees of the primary UN aid agency in the war-torn Gaza Strip participating in a deadly Hamas attack on Israel four months ago. However, she hinted at the potential resumption of Australia’s funding to the Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the “absence of any alternatives.” Notably, at least 10 countries, including Australia, have suspended funding to UNRWA over these allegations

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