U.S. Submarine Docks at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia

A United States Navy submarine and its 135-person crew has arrived in Perth, Western Australia for a joint interoperability training exercise with the Royal Australian Navy. The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Mississippi arrived at HMAS Stirling Naval Base near Rockingham following routine operations in the Indo-Pacific region. U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy said the USS Mississippi’s visit …

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FACT SHEET: President Biden Unveils First-Ever Pacific Partnership Strategy

Read the full strategy here “The United States is a proud Pacific power.  We will continue to be an active, engaged partner in the region.” President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. “The history and the future of the Pacific Islands and the United States are inextricably linked.” Vice President Kamala Harris The Pacific Islands region – an “ocean continent” spanning nearly …

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FACT SHEET: Roadmap for a 21st-Century U.S.-Pacific Island Partnership

The Biden-Harris Administration announces U.S. commitments to implement the Declaration on U.S.-Pacific Partnership The first-ever United States-Pacific Island Country Summit marks a new milestone in U.S.-Pacific cooperation. It builds on a long history, forged in sacrifice in World War II and reinforced by strong people-to-people ties. As an outcome of the Summit, the President and …

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Declaration on U.S.-Pacific Partnership

We—the governments of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and the United States of America—meet on the occasion of the first-ever U.S.- Pacific Islands Summit, held at the White House in Washington, D.C. from …

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TRANSCRIPT: Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s Remarks at the Solomon Scouts and Coastwatchers Memorial

August 7, 2022 – Honiara, Solomon Islands AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Good morning. Mr. Veke, Ministers of the Crown, Ambassadors, distinguished guests, our hosts from the Solomon Islands, Sir Bruce Saunders, and those who work on this memorial. Mr. Kenilorea, thank you for those moving remarks and for your own family’s distinguished public service. Minister Conroy, Vice …

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Statement by Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the Establishment of the Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP)

JUNE 24, 2022 • WHITE HOUSE STATEMENTS AND RELEASES A new initiative for more effective and efficient cooperation in support of Pacific Island priorities The Pacific Islands region is home to nearly a fifth of the Earth’s surface and many of its most urgent challenges, from the climate crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic to growing pressure on the rules-based free …

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Quad Joint Leaders’ Statement

MAY 24, 2022 • WHITE HOUSE STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Today, we – Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, and President Joe Biden of the United States – convene in Tokyo to renew our steadfast commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and resilient. Just over …

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White House Statement & Fact Sheet on Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity

From the White House Briefing Room.  We, the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam of the Indo-Pacific region, acknowledge the richness and the diversity of our vibrant regional economy. We share a commitment to a free, open, fair, inclusive, interconnected, resilient, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region that has …

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Joint Statement on Quad Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 11, 2022 The following is the joint statement released by the Secretary of State of the United States and the Foreign Ministers of the Governments of Australia, India, and Japan. Begin Text. We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, India and Japan and the Secretary of State of the United States met in …

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Secretary Blinken Speech: A Free and Open Indo-Pacific

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UNIVERSITAS INDONESIA JAKARTA, INDONESIA DECEMBER 14, 2021 MS KUSUMAYATI:  Excellency, ambassadors, ASEAN Secretary General, Honorable Rector of Universitas Indonesia, and the chairperson of the U.S.-Indonesia Board of Trustees, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: First of all, let’s praise our God Almighty for the blessings that we receive, so today we can gather here in healthy …

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United States and Australia: Partners on Joint Regional Responsible Use of AI Workshop

October 22, 2021 – U.S. Embassy Canberra The U.S. State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, and the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources co-hosted a regional workshop on the responsible use of AI on October 20-21 AEDT. The event brought together a diverse group of academic experts, government leaders, and businesses …

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Media Freedom Coalition Statement on Hong Kong’s Apple Daily

MEDIA NOTE –  OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 10, 2021 The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition express their strong concerns about the forced closure of the Apple Daily newspaper, and the arrest of its staff by the Hong Kong authorities. The use of the National Security Law to suppress journalism is a serious and negative step which …

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Quad Leaders’ Joint Statement: “The Spirit of the Quad”

MARCH 12, 2021 – via the White House Briefing Room 1. We have convened to reaffirm our commitment to quadrilateral cooperation between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. We bring diverse perspectives and are united in a shared vision for the free and open Indo-Pacific. We strive for a region that is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by …

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Calling out Coercion: How Democracies Can Respond to Malign PRC Influence in the Indo-Pacific

Join us for a virtual discussion on the malign influence and interference operations of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Indo-Pacific and globally – and what democracies can do about it. This edition of Diplomacy Delivered will feature discussion on the CCP’s efforts to export its domestic repression and surveillance state abroad while subverting the rules-based …

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Joint Statement on the Erosion of Rights in Hong Kong

MEDIA NOTE –  OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 9, 2020 We the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State are gravely concerned by the Hong Kong government’s unjust disqualification of candidates and disproportionate postponement of Legislative Council elections.  These moves have undermined the democratic process that has been …

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Diplomacy Delivered: The future of democracy in the Indo-Pacific

Join us for a virtual discussion on how democratic governments in the Indo-Pacific are responding to the governance challenges of COVID-19, within an increasingly complex geopolitical region. This edition of our Diplomacy Delivered virtual discussion series will feature  Dr. Daniel Twining , President of the International Republican Institute, in discussion with  Alex Oliver , Director of Research at the Lowy Institute. We’ll …

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Diplomacy Delivered: U.S.-Australia Health Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

  Join us for a virtual discussion on how Australia and the United States are working together in the region to address COVID-19 and deliver new health initiatives within the Indo-Pacific. This edition of our ‘Diplomacy Delivered’ virtual discussion series will feature Australia’s Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr. Stephanie Williams, and the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy …

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Marine Rotational Force-Darwin Deployment to Resume

CAMP H.M. SMITH, HI, UNITED STATES 05.05.2020   –   Story by Chuck Little, U.S. Marines Corps Forces Pacific U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific is resuming the deployment of Marines and Sailors in support of the annual Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D). The U.S. and Australian governments decided in late March to delay the rotation due to restrictions …

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Diplomacy Delivered: ‘Australia, the United States, and the future of the Indo-Pacific’ – a virtual discussion with Erin Watson-Lynn

Join us for a virtual discussion on the changing roles of Australia and the United States in the Indo-Pacific, led by Indo-Pacific expert and advisor, Erin Watson-Lynn . This Diplomacy Delivered session will discuss the Australia-U.S. Alliance in the Indo-Pacific; what the Alliance is doing effectively to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, how India is shaping the Indo-Pacific, …

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‘In these times, the world can rely on the Americans’ – Ambassador Culvahouse

An editorial by Ambassador Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. As published in the Weekend Australian newspaper , April 18th 2020   SINCE the COVID-19 pandemic began, the US and Australia have worked together closely for both our countries and our region. It speaks to our shared characteristics as Americans and Australians that tough times have always served to reaffirm and …

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U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Islands: UN General Assembly Update

U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Islands: UN General Assembly Update U.S. Department of State – Office of the Spokesperson  FACT SHEET – October 3, 2019 On September 27, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced $65 million in new assistance at a meeting with Pacific Island leaders in New York on the margins of the UN …

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World Peace Game inspires young Aussies to solve global challenges

Award-winning American school teacher John Hunter has brought his innovative World Peace Game program to Australia for the first time ever this month, inspiring Australian school students and teachers to take on the complex global problems of today. Mr Hunter has worked with over 80 Australian primary school students and teachers from more than 20 schools across the …

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#VPinAsia : Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region

November 18, 2018 One year ago in Vietnam, President Donald J. Trump laid out America’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous. This week, Vice President Michael R. Pence reaffirmed the ironclad and enduring U.S. commitment to the region and highlighted expanded cooperation with our partners. …

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The Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership

November 17, 2018 Papua New Guinea has invited Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States to work together to support its enhanced connectivity and the goal of connecting 70% of its population to electricity by 2030. Currently only about 13% of Papua New Guinea’s population have reliable access to electricity. Access to electricity is …

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Fact Sheet: 2018 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations

July 24, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne met at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California July 23-24, 2018. The Secretaries and Ministers noted a number of initiatives through which the people of the United …

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Making a difference with Young Pacific Leaders 2018

Young Pacific Leaders 2018 (#YPL18) brought together 37 dynamic community leaders from across the Pacific Ocean in a conference about leadership and development. It was the fifth conference in a series of programs sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The program comprised formal and informal activities arranged by the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program …

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East West Center and U.S. Department of State Convene Young Pacific Leaders in Hawai’i

Media Release – January 16, 2018 The East-West Center and United States Department of State will conduct a three-day regional conference for young leaders from Pacific islands nations from January 16 to 18, 2018. The delegates are a diverse group of young professionals from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu, …

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Readout: President Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

November 13, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan today in Manila, Philippines. The three leaders reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining maximum pressure on North Korea in the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. They also discussed expanded security cooperation for enhanced …

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Coming soon … Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2018

The US Embassy and our colleagues across the Pacific are holding a conference for young Australian Indigenous and Pacific Islander leaders who are passionate about improving their communities and countries.    The fifth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Honolulu, Hawai‘i will take place January 16-18, 2018, through a partnership between the East-West Center’s  Pacific Islands Development Program  (PIDP) and the  U.S. Department of State

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Just released: State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

The newly-released Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 report provides the Department of State’s annual, statutorily mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired in 2016, including country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation, and profiles of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations. This year’s report examines local issues in East Asia and the Pacific …

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New Fulbright Scholarships Mark a Century of U.S.- Australia “Mateship”

MEDIA ALERT June 6, 2017   New Fulbright Scholarships Mark a Century of U.S.- Australia “Mateship” Today, U.S. Rex W. Secretary of State Tillerson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced the creation of four new Fulbright Scholarships to further enhance the long standing Fulbright relationship. The exchanges will advance scholarship in the priority …

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AUSMIN 2017 Fact Sheet on the U.S. – Australia Relationship

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release June 5, 2017 AUSMIN 2017 Fact Sheet on the U.S. – Australia Relationship President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull affirmed the enduring bonds, deep friendship, and close alliance between the United States and Australia during their May 4, 2017 meeting. Together, …

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Joint Statement AUSMIN 2017

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE June 5, 2017 On 5 June, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, and Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Sydney for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) …

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Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso Speech: USS Peary Memorial, Darwin

USS Peary Memorial Service The Esplanade, Darwin (As prepared for delivery – February 19, 2017) “Lest we forget.” Three short words that carry a lot of weight.  They oblige our generation to remember all those who sacrificed their lives on our behalf.  That we enshrine and recall those such as the 88 souls lost in …

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Charge D’Affaires Carouso speech: CEDA 2017 EPO, Brisbane

Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) 2017 Economic & Political Overview, Brisbane  (As prepared for delivery – February 17, 2017) I wasn’t here for EPO 2016.  Did the speakers get it right?  Could anyone have predicted the year that just ended? With that said, I will do my best to map out where I …

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Consul General Valerie Fowler’s Remarks at the 2016 LGBTI Pacific Youth Forum

Consul General Valerie Fowler’s Remarks at the 2016 LGBTI Pacific Youth Forum October 12, 2016 Good evening. What a wonderful way to start this evening, with the lovely welcome to country.  In that spirit, I’ll begin by recognizing our elders, past and present. Honorable Michael Kirby,The Kaleidoscope team, for your leadership in developing this forum, DLA …

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Special Envoy Randy Berry’s Visit to Sydney

A Message from Special Envoy Randy Berry: Working Together in Support of Dignity for All October 12, 2016    When he announced my appointment as the United States’ first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that advancing human rights globally …

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Secretary of State John Kerry On the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Secretary of State John Kerry On the Trans-Pacific Partnership September 28, 2016 Wilson Center Washington, D.C. REMARKS    SECRETARY KERRY:  Jane, thank you for a wonderful introduction.  I hugely appreciate your support, your counsel.  And obviously, we are living in complicated times.  I want to thank you for many, many years of remarkable service to …

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Vice President Biden’s remarks on the future of the U.S.-Australian relationship in Asia

“In December 1941, besieged by war, facing an advancing enemy, Prime Minister John Curtain issued the now-famous message to the Australian people, a message that declared an intention to close the distance between our two nations and bridge the wide Pacific. He said: Without inhibitions of any kind … Australia looks to America. Australia looked to …

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Arrival of the 5th rotation of US Marines in Darwin

This is and Australian Government Department of Defense media release. 13 April 2016 | Media Release The next rotation of US Marines will begin arriving in Darwin from today to commence their fifth rotation through Northern Australia as part of the US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s rotation will include around 1,250 US Marines, a …

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