Canada needs to work extra carefully with allies together with Australia, United States and the UK in areas of superior applied sciences, Protection Minister Anita Anand says, when requested if the nation needed to hitch the AUKUS defence alliance.
“Canada is very enthusiastic about furthering cooperation on AI, quantum computing and different superior applied sciences with a defence nexus with our closest allies,” Anand informed reporters in Ottawa on Monday, when requested a couple of newspaper report saying Ottawa was searching for to hitch the AUKUS alliance.
The Canadian authorities needs to make the most of the information-sharing and superior applied sciences growth a part of the alliance, together with undersea defence capabilities, the Globe and Mail reported earlier on Monday, citing unnamed authorities sources.
The Globe stated Ottawa was solely searching for to hitch solely the non-nuclear part of the safety alliance between Australia, UK and the US, which was launched in 2021.
The safety pact additionally goals to offer Australia with the expertise and functionality to deploy nuclear-powered submarines.
The pact has been denounced by international locations together with China and France, which misplaced its personal submarine cope with Australia after the alliance was fashioned. Canada’s exclusion from the alliance was additionally seen as a snub by some for a rustic already within the intelligence-sharing 5 Eyes alliance with AUKUS members and New Zealand.
“Our ties with our 5 Eyes allies are sturdy, and certainly we stay enthusiastic about furthering cooperation in AI and different innovation efforts with our allies,” Anand stated.
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