China and Russia are likely to be alarmed by the United Kingdom’s new military ties. ‘It sends a strong message.’ China and Russia have been warned to be wary of the United States’ new military relationship with the United Kingdom and Australia. Former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that now that the Aukus alliance is in existence, China and Russia’s animosity toward the international community would face fresh pressure. Mr Panetta said that the trilateral agreement signed this week between Washington, Canberra, and London sends a “clear message” that hostile actions will be met with retaliation. “The most essential thing that needs to be done in dealing with China is to build our alliances,” the former military chief told Sky News. “Having allies is something the Chinese don’t do very well; it’s not something that works for them. Russia is the same way. “They don’t like it when other countries form alliances that limit their ability to make decisions. “And so I believe the fact that we announced this security collaboration and made it obvious that we’ll be able to share not only intelligence but also technologies, I think that’s important. “And we’re going to help the Australians get nuclear-powered submarines so they can have that capability, and I think that sends a message to China that we’re not going to sit back and let China have its way in the Pacific.” The agreement between the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia has been widely interpreted as a move to confront China’s growing military aggression in the Indo-Pacific area. The plan was quickly criticized by Beijing as “very irresponsible” and a threat to regional peace and security. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on the other hand, stated that it was not meant to be a “adversarial” step against China or any other country. The new alliance enraged France since it saw Australia abandon a multibillion-dollar submarine order in favor of a pact with the United Kingdom and the United States. China, a key emerging power in the Indo-Pacific area, was also enraged by the agreement. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss defended the pact in the Sunday Telegraph, saying it demonstrated Britain’s willingness to be “hard-headed” in defending its own interests. “This is about more than foreign policy in the abstract,” Ms Truss wrote in the Sunday Telegraph, “but delivering for people across the UK and beyond by partnering with like-minded countries to establish coalitions based on shared values and common interests.” Brinkwire Summary News” says, “We shall be.”