“It shows our readiness to be hard-headed in defending our interests and challenging unfair practices and malign acts. It also shows our commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”
The partnership is widely considered to be a tripartite effort to tackle growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
China also criticised the formation of AUKUS, lambasting a “Cold War mentality” from the three countries.
The newspaper campaign by Subway, poking fun at the tense political row, drew mixed responses on social media.