The deal also infuriated China, the major rising power in the Indo-Pacific region. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss defended the agreement, saying it showed Britain’s readiness to be “hard-headed” in defending its own interests Ms Truss wrote: “This is about more than foreign policy in the abstract, but delivering for people across the UK and beyond by partnering with like-minded countries to build coalitions based on shared values and shared interests,” Truss wrote in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper. “We will be working closer together to use a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, from nuclear-powered submarines at first and then looking at artificial intelligence and quantum computing. It shows our readiness to be hard-headed in defending our interests and challenging unfair practices and malign acts.” DON’T MISS Will China invade Taiwan? Western soldiers will ”waste their lives’ [ANALYSIS] China condemns ‘extremely irresponsible’ US UK Australia military pact [REVEAL] Theresa May suggests AUKUS alliance could lead UK in Taiwan [INSIGHT]