AUSMIN a thrilling, unexpected triumph for White House, by Cameron Stewart.
This AUSMIN meeting was a triumph for the Trump administration which was rightly thrilled and probably a little surprised that Australia agreed to the White House’s request to come to Washington.
At this volatile moment in history, Australia has become the model ally for which the US is looking when it comes to confronting a rising and increasingly belligerent China.
The face-to-face annual AUSMIN meeting and press conference between the respective foreign and defence ministers – Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper, Marise Payne and Linda Reynolds – gave the administration the chance to loudly tout what Australia has done on China and in doing so, send a message to other US allies to copy Canberra’s lead.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a series of recent speeches, has been pleading with more democratic allies to stand up to Beijing, even if it hurts them economically.
From Washington’s perspective, Australia has ticked all of these boxes and more.
That US enthusiasm for Australia could wane if Biden (–> Harris?) becomes President.
Australia, of course, depends for its existence on the US Navy, just as it earlier relied on the British Navy.