Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, announced Thursday that it will acquire USA Tomahawk long-range cruise missiles in a strengthening of its military defenses in the face of a booming China.

“We will improve our long-range strike capabilities, including cruise missiles Tomahawk that will be equipped on the Hobart-class destroyers of the Royal Australian Navy “Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

Despite this, the Australian leader extended an “open invitation” to Chinese President Xi Jinping to resume high-level talks between the two countries, currently stalled.

“There is an open invitation to President Xi to discuss other issues,” assured.

Hours earlier, in a videoconference with his American and British counterparts, Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, Morrison announced that the oceanic country will build nuclear-powered submarines as part of a triple alliance to strengthen naval capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region.

Morrison confirmed that this agreement marks the abandonment of the AU $ 90 billion ($ 66 billion) contract signed with France for the construction of conventional submarines.

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