Alliance With U.S. a Boon for Asia

The rise of Asia — the world’s fastest growing economic zone, with a burgeoning middle class — is changing the world.  Growing people-to-people links and technological advances are expanding the region’s influence. 

We meet today in Sydney for the 29th annual AUSMIN to sign a landmark agreement between our governments which will provide a policy and legal framework, as well as cost-sharing principles, to support the continued implementation of U.S. force posture initiatives and to discuss new opportunities for cooperation. 

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Secretary Kerry waves to groups of climbers making their way to the top of the Sydney Harbor bridge. 

Secretary Kerry waves to groups of climbers making their way to the top of the Sydney Harbor bridge. 

Secretary Kerry is currently in Kabul, on the first stop of his trip to Afghanistan, Burma, Australia, Solomon Islands, and Hawaii. Read more about his trip here and find more photos here!

Preserving One of the Last and Greatest Ocean Wilderness Areas

A jigsaw puzzle of floating ice extends as far as you can see in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, 2006. [John B. Weller photo, courtesy of The Pew Charitable Trusts]

About the Author: Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

On March 18, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to a packed room of diplomats from around the globe, non-governmental conservation advocates, and others about the urgency of protecting our vast oceans. New Zealand Ambassador to the United States Mike Moore and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, two good friends of the United States and of oceans, joined the Secretary on the podium at this important event.

The Secretary spoke passionately about our connection and responsibility to the oceans as a people and a nation, and how ocean acidification, pollution, and fishing pressure are challenging our ability to sustain the sea and the benefits it provides to us all. You can read and watch his full remarks here.

These threats to the oceans are why the United States… more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/03/206370.htm

Photo of the Week: Secretary Clinton Participates in a Wreath-Laying Ceremony


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stands with Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr during a wreath-laying ceremony at the State War Memorial at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Australia, November 14, 2012. [U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia photo by Travis Longmore/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Sarah Goldfarb serves as DipNote’s Associate Editor.

This week’s “Photo of the Week” comes to us from Travis Longmore of the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, and shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr paying their respects at a wreath-laying ceremony at the State War Memorial at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Australia, November 14, 2012.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta joined Secretary Clinton for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) with Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith and Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr. The American and Australian principals discussed security cooperation and other regional and global issues. After the consultations, AUSMIN concluded with a press conference and the release of themore »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr, and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith in Perth, Australia on November 14, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/11/200507.htm.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Perth, Australia, November 13, 2012. [U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia photo by Travis Longmore/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Perth, Australia, November 13, 2012. [U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia photo by Travis Longmore/ Public Domain]

Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks at the Opening of the AUSMIN Ministerial

Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
State Reception Center
Perth, Australia
November 14, 2012


Well, thank you, Foreign Minister Carr and Defense Minister Smith for welcoming us and our delegation for this AUSMIN meeting here in Perth. We are delighted to have this opportunity once again in this setting to exchange views on a broad range of issues.

Let me begin by congratulating Australia on your election to the United Nations Security Council. That achievement opens the door to even closer cooperation between us and lends an additional dimension to our AUSMIN agenda.

We will be speaking, of course, about bilateral issues, but also on matters where Australia’s voice has been important, but now Australia’s membership on the Security Council will be essential, for example on Iran, where the international community remains firm and united in our efforts to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and on Syria, where we need to stand together now to increase pressure on the Assad regime and expand humanitarian assistance to people in need.

We will, of course, be discussing the important work we do together in Afghanistan. After great sacrifices, ISAF is on track to transition responsibility for security to the Afghan Government in 2014 and bring our combat mission to a close. But that will not mark the end of our commitment to the people of Afghanistan, because we will be discussing ways in the next months that the United States and Australia will have to work closely together with international partners to support Afghanistan’s continued progress so that it never again becomes a staging ground for international terrorism. MORE

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the launch of the Perth USAsia Centre in Perth, Australia on November 13, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/11/200455.htm#ftn1.