It was not a phone call from one of his American, Australian or British counterparts that informed the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell about a new Anglophonic defence alliance designed to tackle China.
Rather, one of his colleagues sent him a news story outlining the details via WhatsApp, to which Borrell responded with a curt: “Caray” – a Spanish exclamation loosely translated as “damn” or “ouch” – according to a source close to the event.
“Aukus really shows that the focus [on China] is so intense, and the disregard for the collateral damage on other parts of the world. That disregard was enough that they were going to plunge ahead, notwithstanding impact on France or other countries that are our traditional allies on problems like this,” said Townsend.
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