Hmm losing allies... Australia Won't Promise to Side with US in Taiwan Conflict CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian defense minister says his country has made no promises to the United States that Australia would support its ally in any future conflict over Taiwan in exchange for American nuclear-powered submarines. U.S. President Joe Biden and the leaders of Australia and the United Kingdom announced in San Diego last week that Australia would purchase nuclear-powered attack submarines from the U.S. to modernize its fleet amid growing concern about China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific. Australian critics of the deal argue that the United States would not hand over as many as five of its Virginia-class submarines without assurances that they would be made available in the event of a conflict with China over Taiwan. Beijing says the self-ruled island democracy, which split with China in 1949 after a civil war, is obliged to unite with the mainland, by force if necessary. But Defense Minister Richard Marles said his government had given the United States no assurances over Taiwan. Frankly I thought Australia was all in in case of a Chinese attack on Taiwan, but maybe I was just misinformed by that. Or maybe Australia is sticking a finger in the wind and seeing which way the wind blows.