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Friday, February 06, 2015

Abbott: Japanese-built subs could cause tensions with China

KSS-II (Type-214) class SSKThe prime minister has reportedly admitted that having Australia’s next generation of submarines built in Japan would not benefit relations with China.

The Australian Financial Review cites a report in Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine on a meeting between PM Tony Abbott and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel, in a conversation with Abbott at the G20 in Brisbane, spruiked Germany’s track record with submarine building – TKMS has made submarines for Israel and South Korea – as well as its neutrality regarding China and Japan.

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