In an effort to counter the threat from China, Australia, the UK and US and have announced a security pact in the Asia-Pacific. The AUKUS trilateral agreement has provoked a furious reaction from the French government - reclaiming its ambassadors from the USA and Australia - due to Australia's decision to ditch a $66 billion deal to buy French diesel submarines.
This marked a rapid escalation in tensions between these traditional allies and has fuelled fears in Paris that Washington's commitment to its traditional European allies is waning. China, which suspects the arrangement poses a threat to its security, has also denounced the accord.
Does this signal a new anglo-centric alliance? What does it mean for the future of NATO?