Australia has signalled a potential shift in the strategy underlying its alliance with the US as part of the so-called Five Eyes nations, as well as more generally.
According to new Defence Minister Senator Linda Reynolds, Australia’s “mateship” with the US “matters a great deal”. However it’s not just about the mutual support obligations in the ANZUS Treaty, first signed in 1951 during the early stages of the Cold War.
“It is about ensuring the alliance is more focused on, and responsive to, shared challenges in the Indo-Pacific,” Reynolds said in her speech to the Australian Strategic Police Institute (ASPI) “War in 2025” conference in Canberra on Thursday.
“It is now about coordinating implementation of our respective Indo-Pacific strategies,” she said.