China was furious when Boris Johnson, Morrison, and Biden used a virtual news conference this Week to announce a trilateral defense alliance which will equip Australia with at least eight nuclear-powered submarines.
Zhao Lijian, spokes person for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that it was highly irresponsible for Britain and the United States to export nuclear technology.
Morrison stated that Australia wants to promote peace and stability within the Indo-Pacific region.
Morrison stated that everything we have done with the United States was consistent with existing partnerships, relationships and alliances with the United States.
The news of the alliance received positive reactions in Singapore. In a phone conversation, Lee Hsien Loong, the island-state's prime minister, told Morrison that he hoped the nuke deal would "contribute constructively towards the peace and stability of region and complement regional architecture", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore stated in a statement.
French leaders were critical of the deal to sabotage a French contract to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines for Australia.
According to observers, Biden seemed to have forgotten Morrison’s name during Thursday’s news conference that was televised in three countries. The president called the Australian "pal" or "that fellow Down Under".
Biden did not use Morrison's surname, but he called Johnson "Boris"
It brought back memories of 2017 when US spokesman Sean Spicer repeatedly called Morrison's predecessor Malcolm Turnbull "Mr. Trumble
Morrison laughed at what many have called an awkward exchange between Biden and Morrison that undermined Australia’s importance to the United States.
Morrison explained to the Seven Network that he usually refers to me by his nickname "pal" when they speak in private.
Morrison stated that he enjoyed a great working relationship with the president.
"Oh, it didn't bother me. These things do happen. They occur frequently," Morrison explained to Nine Network.
He said, "From time-to-time, you know I've been known let the odd name slip out of my memory -- that is pretty normal in our work line, I have to be honest,"
Morrison claimed that he called Biden "Mr. In private conversations, Morrison said he referred to Biden as "Mr.
Next week, Morrison will be visiting the United States for the first time since Biden was elected president. For a meeting at the Quad security dialogue, the leaders of India & Japan will join the pair.