New Australia-U.S. push deals India in to Pacific

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  1. Galaxy

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    New Australia-U.S. push deals India in to Pacific

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    THIS week's 60th anniversary Ausmin meeting in San Francisco deserves the overworked adjective historic. It marks a pivot point in which the US and Australia begin to redefine their region not as the Asia-Pacific, but as the Indo-Pacific.

    The annual meeting of foreign and defence ministers from Australia and the US - respectively Kevin Rudd, Stephen Smith, Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta - took the US-Australia alliance into new territory; into cyberspace and into the Indian Ocean.

    The meeting, like the contemporary alliance, was dominated by three technologies and three outside nations. The technologies are cyber warfare, missiles and nuclear weapons. The external nations are China, India and North Korea.

    The addition of cyber war was the most important change in the scope of the alliance since New Zealand left in the mid-1980s. In a communique on cyber security, Australia and the US declared: "In the event of a cyber attack that threatens the territorial integrity, political independence or security of either of our nations, Australia and the US would consult together and determine appropriate options to address the threat."


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    Aussies need to come clean on what it wants to do with India. Decide if it wants to be friends without conditions of just let go. One way to show it's sincerity is supplying uranium. I think that is the single most important test of Aussie commitment to India.
     

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