Hillary Clinton wraps up 7-nation Asia-Pacific tour (2)

08:49, November 09, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 


During her three-day visit in Australia on Nov. 6-8, Clinton held talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd. Welcoming Clinton, Rudd said that Clinton's visit would underline the enduring nature of the alliance between Australia and the United States, and progress the bilateral cooperation.

On Saturday, releasing the Melbourne Statement to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the U.S., Rudd said, "The Melbourne Statement reaffirms the fundamental commitment of both our nations to our enduring partnership and our resolve to continue working closely together to meet the challenges of the 21st century."

During her Australian stay, Clinton attended the annual Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) talks, which also involved U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith.

The AUSMIN meetings in Australia's Melbourne were set to formalize closer military ties between the two nations. It has focused on the U.S. Force Posture Review, Australia-U.S. defense trade co-operation treaty, space, cyber-security, and the war in Afghanistan.

But Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith said Australia welcomes the U.S. enhanced engagement in the Asia-Pacific, however, the U.S. Force Posture Review was yet to be concluded in the AUSMIN meeting.

"We will continue to be in consultation with the U.S. in the course of that force posture review, and in due course see what implications if any arises for Australia," Smith told reporters in Melbourne on Monday, adding that Australia welcomes ongoing operational arrangements with the U.S., either through joint facilities or to make more use of its military bases in Australia and give greater opportunity for joint training.

U.S. Defense Secretary Gates said the meeting had decided to set up a group to look at better ways of working together, as part of the U.S. global posture review.

Meanwhile, Clinton announced the U.S. Congress had passed the Australia-U.S. defense trade co-operation treaty, designed to facilitate export of U.S. defense equipment to Australia.

【1】 【2】 【3】


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion