Following the recent signing of the AUKUS trilateral, security agreement amid ongoing tensions with Beijing in the region, cooperation between the allies comes as the United States will increase the rotation of military and military aircraft in Australia.
Australia’s Secretary of State Maris Payne and Defense Secretary Peter Dutton met with their US counterparts, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, for four hours on the morning EST of September 17, during a replay of the 2021 Osmin talks which are held annually.
Austin said increasing the US military presence in Australia was an exciting opportunity.
“Today, we supported the Major Force Currency Initiative that will expand our reach and presence in Australia,” he told reporters in Washington DC
“Air capability will be enhanced, maritime capability will increase, and of course the currency of the force will be increased,” Dutton said.
“If it involves base and it involves storing various ordinances, I think it is in Australia’s best interest, in our national interest at the moment,” he said.
A joint statement issued by the two sides outlined a number of initiatives to be taken by AUSMIN leaders, including increasing cooperation on technological innovation, developing secure supply chains and supporting human rights and multilateralism.
AUSMIN saw secretaries and ministers committed to “substantially advance” Australia-US force currency cooperation, including “advanced air cooperation” through the rotational deployment of all types of US aircraft to Australia; enhance the logistics and sustainment capabilities of US naval vessels; and more complex land-based military exercises.
Currently, the US moves 2,500 marines to the northern city of Darwin under a 2011 agreement.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison supported the idea of a more prominent US military presence in the country.
“We obviously continue to work on ways that we can work together going forward, not only in land space but also in the maritime and airspace,” he told ABC Radio on Sept.
“What we’re talking about is the exercises that we do together, the way we work together in all those domains,” he said. “It has always been a feature of how we work together, and we want to do the same with as many of our partners as possible.”
Morrison is due to visit the White House next week to meet with US President Joe Biden, fellow “quad”-quadrant security dialogue-leaders, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and India’s Narendra Modi.
The meeting will also coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, which Biden will address on September 21.
On 16 September, US President Biden, British and Australian Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Morrison announced the AUKUS agreement during a joint virtual press conference from each of their capitals.
The new alliance will help the US and UK governments acquire nuclear-powered submarines and assist Australia with the development of a supporting industrial base.
The move would make Australia one of the only countries in the world – outside the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France, India – to operate a nuclear-powered sub, despite being a non-nuclear power.
According to a joint statement from the three governments, “we will launch an 18-month trilateral effort, which will involve teams from all three countries—technical and strategic and naval teams.”
The partnership is likely to have a significant impact globally.
This would strengthen the US (post-Afghanistan) and UK government’s (post-Brexit) presence in the Indo-Pacific, while marking a significant shift to Australia’s defense capabilities (which have long been characterized by cultural sensitivity and sanctions under the law). Due to nuclear development away from .
Experts believe that Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan, which previously relied on conventional, diesel-electric submarines, may try to adopt Australia’s model and incorporate nuclear propulsion.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times