This year’s talks had a noticeable shift of tone, reflecting the new Australian government. They include an emphasis on climate action and an invitation to Japan.
Australia desperately hopes this week’s AUSMIN meetings will see greater practical American support against ongoing trade strikes by China. But this might not be in Canberra’s best interests.
Marise Payne and Linda Reynolds at the 2019 AUSMIN talks.
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The ministers have written of their desire to “find every possible way to advance shared interests”. But this should stop short of following the US down its hostile path with China.
The government is working with the United States and Britain on details for an Australian role in helping safeguard shipping passages in the Middle East.
Scott Morrison has flagged the government is working with the United States and Britain on details for an Australian role in helping safeguard shipping passages in the Middle East.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, and Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds at the AUSMIN talks in Sydney.
Australia is expected to announce the commitment soon as US-Iran tensions remain high.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and US Secretary of State John Kerry push for wider world attention on “foreign fighters”.
Australia and the United States have agreed to take the issue of foreign fighters to the United Nations, as ASIO chief David Irvine today outlined an increasing local threat from Islamist extremists. After…
Defence Minister David Johnston has not ruled out providing back-up military assistance to the United States operation in Iraq.
Defence Minister David Johnston has said Australia is “not ruling out providing some back-up assistance” to American military action against insurgents in Iraq. Johnston today went further than Prime Minister…