Subway 'trolls' France! Fast food giant issues brutal swipe with 'priceless' joke

“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.