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Hillary continued collecting awards and honors during her birthday month of October.  Several were extremely prestigious.  The Chatham House Prize involved two events.  There was a town hall during the day and a banquet in the evening where the Duke of York presented her with  a scroll signed by Queen Elizabeth II.   She had the opportunity at this event to catch up with old friends William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, and Kevin Rudd who was Foreign Minister of Australia during part of her tenure at the State Department, Prime Minister twice, and is my Twitter follower.

In October, Hillary reentered politics like a wrecking ball helping to secure victories for Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial effort in Virginia and Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign in New York City.

It was a very busy month.  Details from some of these events were not public.


New York NY


Save the Children Gala: National Legacy Awards


Clinton, NY

Hamilton College

Great Names speaker


New Haven CT

Yale University

Yale Law Award of Merit


London England

Chatham House & Banqueting House

Chatham House 2013 Prize


London England



Atlanta GA

Georgia World Congress Center

Closing Session NACS Show


New York NY

Cipriani on Wall Street in New York

Elton John Foundation Honor


New York NY


McAuliffe Fundraiser


New York NY


Voices of September 11 Gala


New York NY

Spring Studios

Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service @ Golden Heart Awards


Springfield VA

Team Terry Field Office

Woman for Terry Endorsement Event


New York NY

Roosevelt Hotel

Fundraiser Bill DeBlasio


Buffalo NY

University of Buffalo

Distinguished Speakers Series


Washington DC

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

Center for American Progress Anniversary


Hamilton NY

Colgate University

Global Leaders Lecture


St. Louis Park MN

Beth El Synagogue

Speaker Series


Chicago IL

Sheraton Chicago

Vanguard fundraising luncheon for the Jewish United Fund


New York NY

Goldman Sachs

Q & A Session


Beverly Hills CA

Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl

Fundraiser Luncheon for Terry McAuliffe


Los Angeles CA

Oceana’s Partners Award Gala


Archives for October 2013 can be accessed here.

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Yet again, our Hillary has been recognized, this time internationally,  and for some achievements that may have flown beneath the radar of some, but of which we here were well aware. Chatham House, London, honored her with their very prestigious 2013 Prize, today,  presented by HRH The Duke of York.

Brava, Hillary!  Best congratulations, Mme. Secretary! 

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Award Ceremony

HRH The Duke of York presented Secretary Clinton with a crystal award and scroll signed by HM The Queen at a ceremony at Banqueting House on the evening of Friday 11 October. The ceremony included speeches from Secretary Clinton and the Rt Hon William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

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Winner 2013 – Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton has been awarded this year’s Chatham House Prize in recognition of her significant and impressive contribution to international diplomacy as US Secretary of State and her work on behalf of gender equality and opportunities for women and girls.

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During her tenure at the State Department, Hillary Clinton decisively drove a new era in US diplomatic engagement. She was instrumental in re-orientating the strategic focus of the United States towards the Asia-Pacific region. She was successful both in multilateral diplomacy − helping to develop new international frameworks, such as the Global Counterterrorism Forum and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition – and in bilateral negotiations, brokering an agreement between Turkey and Armenia to reopen their border and negotiating a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

Her creation and implementation of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) made a bold comment on the importance of comprehensive diplomacy and ‘civilian power’. Her understanding and use of public diplomacy demonstrated that values and ideas must be promoted through two-way dialogue, especially in the age of social media.

Secretary Clinton was equally able to tackle acute challenges in international affairs and to call on the necessary skills and tools when needed. Working in partnership with key allies in both the UN and NATO to protect civilians in Libya in 2011 was a prime example.

Secretary Clinton used her personal standing and visibility as a campaigner on the global stage to support educational and economic opportunities for women and girls. She incorporated more women into peace-building initiatives at the UN, and at the State Department she created the position of ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues.

She led a global campaign for efficient, modern cooking stoves, helping to reduce the 1.9 million premature deaths per year from smoke inhalation on open cooking fires, predominantly among women in developing countries. Her work to integrate women’s rights with broader development goals backed up her long-held belief that ‘it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights’.


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English: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah host a town hall meeting to discuss the release of the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, “Leading Through Civilian Power,” with USAID and Department of State employees, in the Atrium Hall of the Ronald Reagan Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Here she is at the banquet this evening receiving the scroll from Prince Andrew.

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This is a twitpic from UK Foreign Minister William Jefferson Hague.


P.S.  Nice shout-out in the award ceremony to my Twitter buddy, Kevin Rudd!

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Remarks With Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd Before Their Meeting


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
December 15, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON:Well, it’s a great pleasure for me once again to welcome Kevin Rudd here to the State Department. I think it goes pretty much without saying that Kevin and I work very closely together on a range of issues, and I am very appreciative of the wonderful visit that President Obama had just last month. And so once again we’ll have a chance to discuss all the matters that we are working on together.FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: Thanks very much, Secretary. This is the 60th year of the Australia-U.S. alliance. It’s an alliance which means a lot to both countries. But we are working in broader fields as well, (inaudible) fellow members of the G-20 at a time of significant and continuing financial crisis in Europe. And we are working now together in the East Asia Summit. The President participated for the first time in that meeting in Indonesia just recently. But beyond that as well, we are working very closely together.

The President’s visit to Australia was a first-class visit and a reaffirmation of the United States presence in Asia and the Pacific. And if I could say this about the Secretary of State, her commitment to our region has been absolutely clear-cut from the time that she was sworn in as the Secretary. She’s been to the region many times, and the President’s visit reaffirmed that as well. And we look forward today to talking about how we work in shaping the Asia Pacific in the future, including with our friends in China.

So I thank you, Secretary, for having me again in Washington, and for the hospitality which I always receive when I’m here.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Kevin. Thank you all.


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Celebrating 60 years of the U.S.-Australia Alliance


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith
Presidio Golden Gate Club Ventana Room
San Francisco, CA
September 15, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, everyone. It is a great pleasure for Secretary Panetta and I to welcome Foreign Minister Rudd and Defense Minister Smith and the entire Australian delegation, our friends and our partners, here today. I must say, on a personal note, it’s a special pleasure to see my friend Kevin Rudd back on his feet, serving his country, and making this important journey to be with us here today.

We have come to San Francisco to celebrate 60 years of the U.S.-Australia alliance in the place where it was born. Here at the Presidio Golden Gate Club back in 1951, in the month of September, our predecessors signed the treaty that cemented the ties between our nations. Today, we reflect on that history, celebrate the vision of those who brought our alliance to life, and chart a common path forward together. And as we announced earlier this week, President Obama will be visiting Australia in November to commemorate this important milestone and to advance our alliance.

For 60 years now, each new global challenge has brought with it a new cause for cooperation with Australia and an ever stronger partnership grounded in our shared values. And that is exactly what happened 10 years ago. When America was attacked on September 11th, just days after the 50th anniversary of our alliance, Australia invoked the treaty to come to our defense.

In the decade since, Australia’s men and women have fought alongside our own, just as they have in every major conflict since the First World War. In Afghanistan, Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to our mission. In Libya, Australia now provides 10 percent of the international humanitarian budget. So from cyberspace to food security, Australia makes vital contributions to global security, stability, and well-being. And we greatly appreciate their efforts.

As Pacific powers, the United States and Australia are committed to working together to seize the opportunities of a fast-changing Asia- Pacific region. Our alliance has provided a context for the region’s dynamic economic growth by underwriting peace and security and promoting trade and prosperity. The detailed joint communiqué we are releasing today reflects the full range of our shared interests, values, and vision from maritime cooperation to joint development projects to building stronger ties with India to promote democracy and prosperity in the Pacific Islands.

We are working to encourage trade through the Trans-Pacific Partnership and through APEC, whose leaders the President will be hosting this fall in Hawaii. Together, we are strengthening regional institutions like the East Asia Summit and ASEAN. And as Secretary Panetta will explain, our military relationship is deepening and becoming even more consequential.

One country of particular shared concern is Burma. In recent weeks, we have seen some welcome gestures from Burma’s Government. It’s important for us and for others to try to understand better what is unfolding in Burma today. Our new special representative and policy coordinator for Burma, Ambassador Derek Mitchell, has just returned from his first visit to the country, one that included productive meetings with both the government and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Frankly, we have serious question and concerns across a wide range of issues, from Burma’s treatment of ethnic minorities and more than 2,000 prisoners to its relations with North Korea. Still, we welcome the fact that the Burmese Government has launched a dialogue with Aung Sun Suu Kyi and begun to speak of the need for important reforms. But just yesterday, Burma added 10 years to a prison sentence of a 21-year-old journalist. So I would urge the Burmese Government to follow its words and commitments with concrete actions that lead to genuine reform, national reconciliation, and respect for human rights.

The ties between our nations are as close as any in the world. Our peoples and our governments overwhelmingly support our partnership. And although Australians have taken over the Oscars, the Tour de France, and now the U.S. Open, our affection for your country remains undiminished. (Laughter.) The communiqué we have produced today is forward-looking and action-oriented, and it reflects our confidence in this alliance and in what our two countries can and will accomplish together.

So today we celebrate 60 years of a strong, steady alliance. We honor those who fought and sacrificed to sustain it, and we recommit ourselves to continue to work closely together as allies and friends to make good on its full promise for many years to come.

Secretary Panetta. I think – Foreign Minister Rudd.

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: Thank you very much, Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Defense Panetta. Both Stephen and I have appreciated the hospitality here in San Francisco, and at this 60th anniversary of the alliance which shares our two countries. It is good that we reflect on why we have this alliance. Sixty years is no small span of time. If you’re a student of military history, there are few alliances in history, in modern history, which have outlasted that span of time. And so we should ask ourselves why is that so in the case of this alliance between our two great democracies.

I think the answers can be found in the extraordinary ties between our two peoples. The answers can also be found in the fact that between us we are among the world’s oldest continuing democracies, and therefore at the deepest level we share common values. No one can overestimate the importance of the sharing of common values. Of course, we share common interests as well in the complex challenges which confront us today in the international community. But the reason that we have endured these 60 years, and, I believe, have a long span of time ahead of us yet in this alliance, is because we are fundamentally anchored in a common view of what is important in the affairs of the world.

As Secretary of State Clinton just mentioned, we’re reminded just recently of the importance of those values. Ten years ago, we saw the horrendous attacks on innocent Americans and citizens from across the world here in the United States on September 11. We in Australia were shocked then, as we remain shocked now, at such a callous act. It cut deep into the hearts of Australians. They saw, they felt, and we knew we were as one. That sentiment remains alive 10 years later. For our friends in America, I sense very closely and acutely that the feelings of that day are still very close, though a decade has now elapsed. It is a salient reminder of our common challenge based on our common values, to deal robustly, comprehensively, and globally with the challenge of terrorism today. And that’s one of the reasons we cooperate together at this great alliance between Australia and the United States.

In our discussions today, we have covered a great scope and a great span. We’ve reviewed our engagement across the Asia-Pacific region. This region of ours, the Asia-Pacific – the waters of the Pacific we see out here off the coast of San Francisco. This region will be the center of gravity for global economic growth, for global security for the half century to come. And it is in our combined interest, therefore, to ensure that this Pacific century is indeed a Pacific century. And therefore, that must be based on not just the sharing of values but concrete cooperation in the hard areas of foreign policy and national security policy, and that is what we have reviewed again today: our engagement with China and the countries of Northeast Asia, including the Republic of Korea and Japan; in Southeast Asia, our common engagements with countries there, including Australia’s nearest neighbor, the Republic of Indonesia, now a welcome member of the family of democracies; our common engagement across the Indian Ocean and South Asia, and our relationship, of course, important that it is, with India.

We focused also on regional challenges, and the nuclear program being adopted by North Korea is one which profoundly concerns our two countries and profoundly concerns the Government of Australia. More broadly of course, we also reviewed our common interests in the Middle East. The peace process, the recent changes underway in Egypt, in Libya, and we follow with great, great concern the continued and systematic abuse of human rights and the killing of innocent people in Syria.

The Secretary just mentioned Burma. I would endorse wholeheartedly her remarks. When I visited Burma myself just a couple of months ago, I emphasized there to the regime that if they wish to engage international community comprehensively, then the first and foremost requirement is to deal with the state of democratic conditions within their own country and the absolute imperative of the release of prisoners of conscience and other political prisoners in that country. We welcome recent signs from the Burmese regime that they are open to such a dialogue, but like the United States, we proceed cautiously and we would call on the Burmese regime to talk concrete steps to manifest to the world at large that they are serious about that country becoming a democracy without the threat of imprisonment for those who impose – those who pose, in the regime’s view, a threat to them.

Finally, this is a significant AUSMIN conference. It is significant because we have also addressed new challenges of a global nature for the future. Here I refer in particular to the challenges represented by cyber security. What we are doing today in the statement that we’ve released, in separate joint statement on cyberspace is underline that this is a new area of operational engagement between ourselves and the United States in this critical area which affects governments, businesses, and citizens the world over, the region over, and in our countries individually as well.

I’ll draw in particular attention to the reflections and the statement contained within the joint statement on cyberspace. It says, and I quote: “We” – that is the Governments of Australia and the United States – “recognize that cyberspace plays a growing role in ensuring national security.” Mindful of our longstanding defense relationship and the 1951 security treaty, our governments share the view that in the event of a cyber attack that threatens the territorial integrity, political independence or security of either of our nations, Australia and the United States would consult together and determine appropriate options to address the threat.

This represents a new dimension of our lives, an important dimension given the realities we face in this 21st century. One cyber attack can cripple an economy for hours and days on end. Let there be no doubt, cyber attacks are not only attack on governments, they can cripple businesses, and Australian businesses are not immune. We know that Australian businesses have already been the subject of cyber attacks. And if it’s a big enough economy, it would have reverberations throughout the world. Like terrorism, it’s a battleground that is fought unconventionally, often without a known enemy. That is why it critical that this become a formal part of our alliance deliberations and committed cooperation in the event of such attack in the future.

If I could conclude by saying this: We in Australia look forward to the upcoming visit by President Obama to Australia. Any president of the United States is a welcome guest in Australia. We look forward very much to that visit, we look forward to making the President welcome in our country, and it constitutes, in our view, a further symbol and signpost of the significant relationship which expands not just across the foreign policy and security sphere, which we have dealt with here, but across the full breadth of the engagement between our two great democracies. Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, Kevin. Leon?

SECRETARY PANETTA: I’d like to join Secretary Clinton in extending a very warm official welcome to Minister Rudd and Minister Smith and all of our Australian colleagues and thank them for traveling all the way across the Pacific to join us in marking a very historic event here at the Presidio. It’s a real pleasure for me – personal pleasure for me to be able to participate in my first Australian-U.S. ministerial, and all the more so because it gives me an opportunity to show off my home state of California and this great city of San Francisco to these dear friends.

The depth and breadth of discussions we’ve had here today really do confirm for me that the United States has no closer ally than Australia. Sixty years after the signing of the ANZUS Treaty here at the Presidio, we come together again today and affirm this alliance, affirm that it remains strong, and that we are determined to deepen our security cooperation even further to counter the threats and challenges that we face in the future.

With that goal in mind, we discussed today the efforts of the Bilateral Force Posture Working Group, the United States and Australia working together, which has been making steady progress in developing options for our two militaries to be able to train and operate together more closely, including more combined defense activities and a shared use of facilities. This work to strengthen our alliance’s presence and posture in the Pacific reflects a reality we all recognize: security and prosperity of our two great nations depends on the security and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.

We also discussed, as has been pointed out here, a whole range of efforts to enhance cooperation in emerging domains such as space and cyberspace. The joint statement on cyber released today sends a very strong signal about our commitment to work together to counter and respond to cyber attacks. I’ve often mentioned this is the battlefield of the future, and our ability to work together is extremely important to the challenge of being able to counter this very significant emerging threat.

As we work to build on these new areas of cooperation, American and Australian forces continue to fight together in Afghanistan as they have in every major conflict over the past century. I expressed to Minister Rudd and to Minister Smith and all of our Australian friends that were gathered here the deep appreciation of the United States Government and the American people for their very strong partnership in these efforts, and for the considerable sacrifices Australian troops and their families have made during this time of war.

Over the past decade, and indeed for the past 60 years, we have gone into battle together and we have bled together because of the shared values and the deep bonds between our people. We are both immigrant nations, and that creates a very strong bond between the United States and Australia, particularly for this son of immigrants. As we mark the 60th year of our alliance, I have no doubt that if we continue to work together hand-in-hand, we can build a better and safer and more prosperous future for our two countries.

DEFENSE MINISTER SMITH: Thank you very much, Madam Secretary. I thank you and Secretary Panetta for your warm hospitality and for our very productive meeting today. I’m very pleased to be here to mark the 60th anniversary of our alliance, an alliance between Australia and the United States which was forged in the battle for Australia, the battle in the Pacific, in the Second World War. And to mark that, later this afternoon I’ll lay a wreath at the USS San Francisco Memorial. But out of that battle in the Pacific in the Second World War, in 1951 came our formal alliance. And for 60 years, that alliance has been the indispensible bedrock of Australia’s strategic security and defense arrangements.

The people, our predecessors, who wrote and signed the alliance would not have envisaged that 10 years ago yesterday, the alliance would be formally invoked for the first occasion in the face of international terrorism against a non-state actor, not against another nation-state. And today, we formally record as one of our resolutions from AUSMIN that cyberspace and an attack on the United States or an attack upon Australia in cyberspace could itself invoke the treaty. This tells us that the treaty, which we have both respected over that 60-year period, is a living document that moves with the times, as it did 10 years and 1 day ago, in the aftermath of September 11th.

Can I also indicate that the discussions we’ve had today also deal with other challenges for the future – our cooperation in space and space awareness, our cooperation in ballistic missile defense. In addition to those productive discussions, as Secretary Panetta has said, we’ve done further work on the joint working group that we’ve established 12 months ago in Melbourne on the United States Global Force Posture Review. And we received a report from our offices, work on that Global Force Posture Review is ongoing. But we are looking at increased joint exercises, increased joint training, increased joint operations. As I’ve put it colloquially in Australia, more ships in, ships out; more planes in, planes out; more troops in, troops out. We have further work to do, but we regard this work as very important.

As Secretary Panetta has said, we also spent some time dealing with Afghanistan, yet another of the conflicts that the United States has been involved in where Australia has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the United States. We remain committed to the transition strategy. Australia’s assessment is that in Uruzgan province, where we are, we will effect transition before the end of 2014. We’ve also started discussions about what contribution Australia can make in the post-transition Afghanistan, whether that’s special forces, whether that’s training, whether that is institutional building, development assistance, capacity building.

Secretary Panetta and I also discussed issues of budget constraints and capability, in particular the very good cooperation that we are seeing in a very important project for Australia, our new submarine project. And I’m gratified to Secretary Panetta for the ongoing cooperation that Australia is and will receive so far as work on that project is concerned for 12 new submarines.

We also spoke about the joint strike fighter and the need to ensure that the joint strike fighter is delivered on schedule. I’ve made the point in Australia and in the United States before that we are keen to ensure that there is no gap in our capabilities so far as our air combat capacity is concerned in Australia.

So today, we’ve dealt with the range and the array of shared interests that Australia and the United States have, including the fact, as the foreign minister has said, we regard very much this century as the century of the Asia Pacific, where political, strategic, economic, and military influence moves to our part of the world. The rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the ASEAN economies combined, the emergence of Indonesia as a global influence, and the ongoing economic prowess of Japan and the Republic of Korea. So all of these issues we have dealt with in the context of an alliance between two nations, an alliance between friends, which has served us well for 60 years and will continue to serve us well into the future. Thank you.

MS. NULAND: We have time for four questions today, two from each side. First question to Reuters, Arshad Mohammed. Please.

QUESTION: Secretary Clinton, are the U.S. officials and the EU officials and former Prime Minister Tony Blair making any discernable progress on the Israeli-Palestinian issue? And can you conceive of a way to give the Palestinians a non-member state status at the UN while curbing or restricting their ability to go to the ICC or the ICJ? In other words, is there a way to give a nod toward statehood for the Palestinians but to prevent some of the deleterious consequences that could flow from that status, in your view?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Arshad, as I said on Tuesday, we believe strongly that the road to peace and two states living side by side does not go through New York; it goes through Jerusalem and Ramallah. And it is our absolute conviction that we need to get the parties back into negotiations on a direct face-to-face basis and that they have to be at that negotiating table working through the framework that President Obama laid out in May. That remains our focus. We are absolutely committed to pursuing that. As you know, Dennis Ross and David Hale are back in the region, having been there as well just a few days ago. We are working closely with a range of international partners, and we intend to keep our attention where we think it needs to be, which is how we can try to convince both sides to do what must be done in order to bring about a resolution of the issues between them, and that’s going to be certainly the core of all of our efforts for the next several days.

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I’m not going to get into specifics, because a lot of these are very sensitive conversations that we are all having, and I don’t think it would benefit the decision-making for me to be speaking prematurely. I cannot give you the odds on how successful our entire effort will be, but I think there is certainly a growing recognition among not only the parties and the region, but beyond, that there is no real answer to all of these concerns that we share, other than negotiations on the tough issues, like borders, like security, and other matters that can only be resolved – and will not be resolved if some other route is taken at the United Nations.

MS. NULAND: Next question, Brad Norrington, The Australian.

QUESTION: Could I direct this question to Defense Secretary Panetta and Defense Minister Smith? Could you detail how Australia is going to see a considerably increased number of U.S. ships, aircraft, and personnel? And is the boosted U.S. presence in Australia likely to involve existing facilities or new facilities?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Stephen, you want to start?

DEFENSE MINISTER SMITH: Well, we’ve been working on the Force Posture Review for the last 12 months. In Melbourne, at AUSMIN 2010, we established the joint working party. Then-Secretary Gates and I made the point that a lot of work needs to be done. But we were looking, and both Secretary Gates and I repeated this at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in July, from memory, that we were looking at opportunities for further exercises together, further training together, the possibility of pre-positioning stores and equipment in Australia for purposes of humanitarian relief and disaster assistance and potentially greater access to ports and our facilities. We’ve come to no final conclusions. We’re very pleased with the progress that our offices have made, and we are pleased with the progress of discussions today.

But we’ve got more work to do. There are a range of things that we’re not envisioning. We don’t have United States bases in Australia. We have joint facilities, and they’ve been established for some time. They perform a very important function. And we’ve had those joint facilities since the mid 1980s. So we’re not looking at additional or new facilities; we’re looking at the sharing of current facilities. And I’ve made the point in Australia, whilst we regard this very much potentially as an extension of work we already do, good work we already do, it will in an operational sense be the single largest potential change to the day-to-day working arrangements of the alliance since the establishment of those joint facilities. But no decisions have been made. When to come to finalize our deliberations, obviously decisions will be made and announcements made in due course. But we are pleased today with the work that our officials had done, both civilian and military, and pleased with the progress of discussions today.

SECRETARY PANETTA: Obviously, I concur with what Minister Smith said about our discussions. I think the thing to understand is that we are in negotiations on what that force posture would look like. Those discussions are continuing, and our goal is basically to build on a very strong relationship that we’ve had throughout the years. We’ve done exchanges, we’ve had these exercises together. This is something we’ve done pretty much in the past, and our goal here is to try to strengthen that relationship as best we can so that we can send a clear signal to the Asia Pacific region that United States and Australia are going to continue to work together to make very clear to those that would threaten us that we are going to stick together.

MS. NULAND: Next question, Dan Deluce, AFP.

QUESTION: Yes. To Secretary Clinton and Secretary Panetta, given that the two U.S. hikers were not released, despite the promise of the Iranian President Ahmadinejad, what do you think that says about his role and the power relationships inside that regime, and how does that affect your efforts to try to curtail that country’s nuclear program?

And Secretary Panetta, do you share the view that a U.S. – that some kind of military strike on Iran’s program would merely delay that program?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, let me begin by perhaps providing a little context. We continue to hope that the two young Americans will be released as part of a humanitarian gesture by the Iranian Government. We have seen in the past some delays that have occurred after decisions were announced, so that – at this point, we are not at all concerned, because we have received word through a number of sources, publicly and privately, that the decision will be executed on and that we will see their return to their families.

So I’m not going to speculate on what the reasons are or what it might mean or might not mean, but I’m going to count on the Iranian Government fulfilling the announcement that was made by the leadership of the country, and hope that it can be expedited and we can see their release very soon.

SECRETARY PANETTA: And I, again, concur with Secretary Clinton’s description of that situation. I mean, it’s very difficult for us to try to speculate as to the differences and battles that are going on in the political leadership within Iran and to really understand just exactly what the nature of that is. Our goal here is to try to get these hikers released, and we’ve been assured that steps will be taken to make that happen, and we hope that does – that is the case.

With regards to the broader question on Iran’s nuclear capability, we remain very concerned, very concerned, about their efforts to develop a nuclear capability, and we have indicated our concerns directly to the Iranians, and we have indicated that it is important for them if they want to become part of the international family that they have to take steps to stop progress in that area. And I’m not going to talk specifically about what steps we would or would not take in order to make sure that doesn’t happen.

MS. NULAND: One last question. Ben Potter, Australian Financial Review.

QUESTION: This is a question for Secretary Panetta. Will the U.S. be able to fulfill its side of the agreement envisaged by the – what you’ve discussed and announced today regardless of Defense budget outcomes from the current talks, both in terms of personnel, existing equipment, and acquisitions of expensive new equipment projects on which interoperability depends?

And also for Secretary – Minister Rudd – I’m sorry – how do you plan to reassure Beijing that this is not somehow directed at them, given – especially given Secretary Panetta’s strong statement a few minutes ago about people in the region better look out?

SECRETARY PANETTA: With regards to the budget situation, I think, as I’ve made clear,

that – even with the numbers that have been presented to us by the Congress – that we believe that we can implement those savings in a way that protects the best military in world and that maintains our strength in dealing with all of the threats that we have to deal with in the world. And that’s particularly true with regards to the Asia-Pacific region. My goal is to make clear that the United States will always maintain a very strong presence in that part of the world and that we will fulfill our commitments to Australia and all of our allies in that part of the world in order to make very certain that the countries in the Asia-Pacific region understand that we’re there to stay.

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: On the second half of your question, I think it’s important to recognize the fundamental principal here which is the long term prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region rests on continued strategic stability of the Asia-Pacific region. The question is how is that stability to be maintained in a post-war period? And the answer is the strategic presence of United States. It has been the underpinnings of what we have seen unfold. And if I look particularly at the extraordinary economic growth levels that have occurred in China, by the countries in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia and now South Asia in recent decades, it’s because of the continued U.S. strategic presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

I think the second point is this, that there is nothing particularly novel about U.S. forces using Australian facilities. I think that’s been the case since 1951, under the terms of this alliance, and then if we flick back another decade or so to 1941. There have been U.S. troops, U.S. aircraft, there have been U.S. ships using our facilities since year dot of our strategic cooperation, and probably going back to the days of the Great White Fleet in 1907, 1908. But there’s nothing new under the sun. In terms of the further negotiations between officials, I simply reinforce the comments made before by Stephen Smith.

I think the last thing about the future of the region though, is we have a common regional interest in establishing a wider sense of security community across Asia and the Pacific. That is why we, and our friends the United States, but also countries right across East Asia, including China, have supported the inclusion of the United States and Russia at the upcoming East Asia Summit. That will have on it, obviously, a significant discussion of regional political and security questions, as it should. And the overall objective there is to bring about a greater common sense of security between the various countries of our wider region – greater transparency, greater mutual trust, expanding confidence and security building measures, the sorts of things the Europeans were working on something like 35 years ago or more. Frankly, in the Asia-Pacific region where we’ve started from very little of that, we have an opportunity now to build on that. So for those various reasons I believe our communications with our partners in the wider region should present no difficulty at all.


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For some reason I do not know, the pictures from San Francisco yesterday did not come in until this morning… as if SF were on the other side of the earth!   Mme. Secretary was wearing one of my favorite jackets – the one with metalic stripes – in these pictures with Kevin Rudd, Stephen Smith, Leon Panetta, and, yes,  that is George Schultz receiving the Honorary Order of Australia from Rudd.

The AUSMIN Conference pictures from today show her wearing the black jacket we saw at Ground Zero on Sunday.  Enjoy.

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There will probably be a video of some statements later.  Meanwhile we have this fact sheet on the results of the conference.


Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2011 Joint Communiqué

Media Note

None None
San Francisco, CA
September 15, 2011

The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor of stability, security and prosperity in the world. Forged by our shared sacrifice during the Second World War and affirmed in the midst of the Cold War, our alliance has succeeded in adapting and innovating to face the new challenges of the 21st Century. Our shared values, our commitment to democracy and the rule of law, and the natural friendship between our peoples form the foundation of a proud and deep relationship between our two great nations. Our service men and women have fought side-by-side in every major conflict since the First World War and continue that storied tradition today in Afghanistan. And while the bonds of the U.S.-Australia alliance were forged in the defining battles of the past century, that is but one dimension of a multi-faceted relationship. Today, our diplomats work together to address emerging transnational challenges, to advance and support human rights, democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms around the world, and to shape the evolving architecture of the Asia-Pacific that will provide a context for the region’s continued dramatic growth and rise. Our aid workers help empower those on the margins of society from the Mekong to the Horn of Africa.

We come to San Francisco to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-Australia alliance. It is fitting that we return to the Presidio, where our countries signed the ANZUS Treaty six decades ago. We meet to reflect on the rich history of our relationship, to honor the leaders whose foresight and vision forged this alliance, and to chart a course for the future of our enduring partnership that underscores and situates the U.S.-Australia alliance as an anchor of the Asia-Pacific. We reaffirm our shared security obligations, underscore our common approach to regional developments and global security, and stress our resolve to increase future cooperation to address common strategic objectives.

I. Shared Security Obligations

We reaffirm that the ANZUS Treaty serves as the political and legal foundation of the U.S.-Australia security alliance and that the alliance remains indispensible to the security of Australia and the United States and to the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Today, we affirm that our commitment to peace, security and prosperity also acknowledges the importance of promoting a secure, resilient and trusted cyberspace that ensures safe and reliable access for all nations.

II. Regional trends in the Asia-Pacific Region

We underscore the growing importance of the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S.-Australia alliance is key to peace and security in the region, further fostering Asia’s tremendous economic growth. We recognize the need to work together to shape the evolving strategic landscape that connects the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. We value the dialogue on East Asia undertaken by our two governments, and express a joint commitment to continue this and other strategic dialogues. In this context, we have decided on the following shared objectives to guide our countries’ ongoing cooperative and individual work in the Asia-Pacific:


  • Support the U.S.-Japan alliance, which is critical to peace and security in East Asia, and the developing Australia-Japan defense and security relationship, and take steps to further increase interoperability and training opportunities among the three countries.
  • Enhance trilateral policy coordination among Australia, Japan, and the United States on a range of regional and global security issues through the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue and the trilateral Security and Defense Cooperation Forum.
  • Strengthen coordination with Japan on regional and global development and assistance efforts.

Republic of Korea:

  • Continue to work closely with the Republic of Korea (ROK) on defense and security issues, including international peacekeeping operations, anti-piracy, counter-proliferation, counter-terrorism, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
  • Work closely with the ROK to ensure stability on the Korean Peninsula and deter further provocations by North Korea.

North Korea:

  • Continue to urge North Korea to improve inter-Korean relations and regional stability by demonstrating through concrete actions that it is committed to enter into serious negotiations through the Six-Party process.
  • Deter provocations by North Korea through enhanced training and integration with the Republic of Korea and Japan.
  • Work to implement the goals of a complete, and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea, including its uranium enrichment program, through irreversible steps, and through the Six Party process; resolution of issues related to proliferation, ballistic missiles, illicit activities, and humanitarian concerns, including the matter of abductions by North Korea; and full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions and the September 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks.


  • Welcome the emergence of a stable, peaceful and prosperous China that plays a constructive role in Asian and global affairs.
  • Seek to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship with China aimed at expanding cooperation on regional and global challenges, while constructively managing differences.
  • Pursue fair, balanced and mutually beneficial economic relations with China, recognizing that such engagement also contributes to the maintenance of stable and constructive relations more broadly.
  • Encourage stable, healthy, reliable and continuous military-to-military relations with China, featuring open, transparent and substantive discussions of capabilities and intentions.
  • Enhance trust and confidence through greater dialogue on strategic security issues.


  • Welcome India’s engagement with East Asia as part of its ‘Look East’ policy.
  • Deepen strategic ties with India.
  • Identify areas of potential cooperation between the United States, Australia and India, including maritime security, disaster risk management and regional architecture.


  • Build on our enhanced coordination and our respective strategic consultations with Indonesia on a range of political, economic, and security issues, as well as on climate change and education.
  • Work through our respective partnerships with Indonesia to strengthen defense and security cooperation and in particular, enhance coordination on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, international peacekeeping, anti-piracy efforts, maritime security, and counterterrorist activities.
  • Support Indonesia’s important role as 2011 ASEAN Chair and assist in preparations for a productive East Asia Summit (EAS) in November.


  • Promote human rights and genuine steps toward democracy in Burma in the interest of lasting peace and stability in the country.
  • Welcome reform promises by President Thein Sein and urge the Government of Burma to translate these promises into action.
  • Urge the Government of Burma to make concrete progress on core concerns including the release of all political prisoners, cessation of violence against ethnic minorities, and the establishment of a process of dialogue with ethnic groups and opposition leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, in order to begin a genuine process of national reconciliation.
  • To this end, acknowledge the August 19 meeting between President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi as a first step in the right direction.
  • Underscore the importance of Burma’s fully complying with all its international obligations, including UN Security Council Resolutions on nonproliferation and highlight the need for greater transparency in Burma’s engagement with North Korea.

Pacific Islands

  • Affirm our enduring commitment to work together to play a constructive role in the Pacific.
  • Continue and expand joint efforts to strengthen democracy, support economic reform, enhance good governance, encourage environmental sustainability and address the impacts of climate change, in partnership with the governments and people of Pacific Island countries.
  • Support the protection of the region’s fisheries, enhance maritime monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement capacity, and build on existing initiatives to strengthen management of fisheries resources and to deliver equitable and sustainable outcomes for Pacific Island countries.
  • Coordinate closely on encouraging Fiji’s early return to democracy, including through restoration of the rule of law, strengthening of civil society, and rebuilding democratic institutions.
  • Work with the Pacific Islands Forum, the Secretariat for the Pacific Community, and other regional bodies to strengthen regional cooperation and deliver results for the people of the Pacific.

South China Sea:

  • Reiterate that the United States and Australia, along with the international community, have a national interest in freedom of navigation, the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law, and unimpeded lawful commerce in the South China Sea.
  • Reaffirm that we do not take a position on the competing territorial claims in the South China Sea and call on governments to clarify and pursue their territorial claims and accompanying maritime rights in accordance with international law, including the Law of the Sea Convention.
  • Reaffirm that the United States and Australia support the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and encourage each of the parties to comply with their commitments, including exercising self-restraint and resolving their disputes through peaceful means, and to make progress towards a binding code of conduct.
  • Reiterate that we oppose the use of coercion or force to advance the claims of any party or interfere with legitimate economic activity.

Regional Architecture

  • Strengthen regional architecture to maintain and enhance peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Work toward a successful 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum under U.S. leadership, which will accelerate APEC’s strong momentum, advancing free trade and economic integration across the region.
  • Reiterate the importance of the EAS, whose mandate, membership and agenda establish a framework for cooperation on a range of issues.
  • Welcome Australia’s leadership role in building a more robust community in the Asia-Pacific region through the EAS.
  • Use this year’s leaders’ meeting in Indonesia to set the direction for the expanded EAS and engage in substantive discussions in Bali on November 19 on regional political, economic, strategic, and other issues.
  • Build close links between the EAS and other ASEAN-centered ministerial-level forums such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
  • Welcome the establishment of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) as an important element of regional architecture and contributor to regional security and stability.
  • Work towards a successful conclusion of the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in order to expand trade, investment and growth among the nine TPP parties, including the United States and Australia, and drive further regional economic integration.


We share a common approach to global issues, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, the Middle East and Libya.

Afghanistan and Pakistan:

We recognize the achievements and honor the sacrifices of our armed forces in Afghanistan, welcome the successes of the military campaign, and have decided to:

  • Continue close cooperation on our common goal of a stable, prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan embedded in a stable, prosperous and peaceful region.
  • Support the transition to Afghan-led security responsibility while committing to long-term engagement to support Afghanistan’s stability and economic development.
  • Support and engage Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism, strengthen democracy and promote economic development.
  • Promote security, trade and investment in the region, stressing the importance of the upcoming Istanbul and Bonn conferences and the vision for a “New Silk Road.”

Middle East / North Africa:

We reaffirm the importance of continued assistance and support to encourage the democratic transitions taking place across the Middle East. We have decided to:

  • Reaffirm that we are in full agreement about the urgent need to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and strongly support the vision of Israeli-Palestinian peace outlined by President Barack Obama in May 2011. We strongly appeal to the parties to overcome the current obstacles and resume direct bilateral negotiations without delay or preconditions.
  • Ensure full implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Iran, while jointly addressing Iran’s deteriorating human rights situation.
  • Reiterate our call for Syrian president Assad to step aside and allow for a democratic transition to take place in Syria.
  • Work with the Libyan Transitional National Council and international community to support the Libyan people as they confront the challenges of a post-Qadhafi Libya, and encourage an inclusive transition that leads to a democratic Libya.


We stress that international development assistance is critical to our diplomatic and national security interests, as it fosters stability, security and prosperity in developing regions and countries. Recognizing this, we have decided to:

  • Continue to strengthen the partnership between AusAID and USAID, which was formalized last year through a Memorandum of Understanding on international development cooperation.
  • Delegate cooperation agreements between USAID and AusAID in Tanzania, on maternal and child health and family planning, and in Indonesia, on water connections.
  • Continue cooperating closely in Afghanistan by supporting law and justice programs and dispute resolution mechanisms at the community level in Uruzgan Province, and by assisting the Government to deliver essential services through the Civilian Technical Assistance Program.
  • Plan to deploy Australian Civilian Corps personnel alongside U.S. Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization personnel to support conflict resolution and stabilization in South Sudan.
  • Develop opportunities for collaboration in East Asia, particularly in the lower Mekong region, to advance food security, mitigate HIV and other pandemic diseases, and address the impact of global climate change.

We reaffirm our shared commitment to addressing global development challenges including gender inequality and violence against women. Empowering and protecting women and girls requires strong, coordinated action by the international community. As an example of our shared commitment, Australia and the United States are co-hosting a policy dialogue this year on effective means to combat gender-based violence and promote the empowerment of women across the Pacific region.


The U.S.-Australia alliance is a strategic anchor for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty, we approve of measures designed to further strengthen alliance cooperation, interoperability, and capabilities. We affirm the ANZUS Treaty and our shared commitment to advance peace, security, and prosperity. We are concerned by evolving threats in the sea, space, and cyberspace, and non-traditional security challenges, and have decided to:

  • Increase coordination and consultation on the evolving strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific, to ensure that the alliance adapts to address challenges as they arise.


  • We endeavor to expand our close cooperation on space situational awareness and the development of transparency and confidence-building measures.
  • We support the efforts to develop a U.S.-Australia Combined Communications Partnership, building on the Military Satellite Communications Partnership Statement of Principles signed at AUSMIN in 2008.


As a further reflection of our alliance’s continuing ability to adapt in the face of changing circumstances, we have decided to:

  • Address the growing cyber threats facing our two nations and the wider international community.
  • Endorse a joint statement, reflecting and enhancing the close collaboration between our two nations on cyber issues.

Force Posture

Last year, we established a bilateral working group to develop options to align our respective force postures in ways that would benefit the national security of both countries and which will help us to shape the emerging regional security environment. Together, we have refined and assessed a range of potential cooperative initiatives, including:

  • options for increased U.S. access to Australian training, exercise and test ranges;
  • the prepositioning of U.S. equipment in Australia;
  • options for greater use by the United States of Australian facilities and ports; and
  • options for joint and combined activities in the region.

Our discussions have acknowledged that our respective military forces must be postured to respond in a timely and effective way to the range of contingencies that may arise in our region, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and to enhance our ability to work with the armed forces of regional partners.

We are satisfied with the progress that has been made and have directed that the options be further developed for consideration by our respective Governments.


We underscore that interoperability has long been a hallmark of the alliance and will only grow stronger through closer alliance cooperation. The implementation of the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty will support this cooperation. We have decided to:

  • Enhance the interoperability of our forces, especially as this relates to our common commitment to cooperation on combat and transport aircraft, helicopters, submarine combat systems and torpedo technology.
  • Build on the expanded civilian component of the successful TALISMAN SABER exercise, our largest and most important combined military exercise, to strengthen interoperability and our combined capacity to deal with post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction.

Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)

  • Australia noted and will continue to consult with the United States as it develops the phased adaptive approach to BMD outlined in the U.S. BMD Review, which will allow missile defense to be adapted to the threats unique to the Asia-Pacific.
  • We are continuing our cooperation to build a more detailed understanding of regional ballistic missile threats; cooperative research on systems to counter such threats; and options for practical cooperation in this area.

V. AUSMIN 2012

Australia looks forward to hosting the 2012 AUSMIN consultations.


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Public Schedule for September 15, 2011

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
September 15, 2011


Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta co-chair the 2011 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in San Francisco, California. They are accompanied by Chief of Protocol Ambassador Marshall, Assistant Secretary Campbell and Assistant Secretary Shapiro. Click here for more information.

8:30 a.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton co-chairs AUSMIN Session I, at the Presidio Golden Gate Club in San Francisco.

10:45 a.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton co-chairs AUSMIN Session II, at the Presidio Golden Gate Club in San Francisco.

12:00 p.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton co-chairs AUSMIN Session III, at the Presidio Golden Gate Club in San Francisco.

2:00 p.m. LOCAL  Secretaries Clinton and Panetta hold a joint press availability with Australian Ministers Rudd and Smith, at the Presidio Golden Gate Club Ventana Room, in San Francisco, California.

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Remarks With Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd After Their Meeting


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
May 2, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning. It is a great pleasure for me to welcome back a friend and a colleague, a partner on so many important issues. Foreign Minister Rudd is one of our regular visitors here and someone whose friendship and counsel I have valued. Before I speak about the important work that we are doing between the United States and Australia on so many fronts, I just want to state again, as President Obama announced to the nation, that a murderer is dead and justice has been done. America – and the world – is safer and more secure because of it. We thank all of our partners around the world, including Pakistan, who have helped us put unprecedented pressure on al-Qaida and its leadership for the murders of so many individuals, most of whom over the last years have been Muslim, in countries not only in the United States and Europe but as far away as Bali, Indonesia where many Australians were murdered. While this is an important and necessary milestone, we will continue to press forward.The minister and I discussed how important it was for us to bolster our partnerships and our networks of cooperation as we continue to fight against al-Qaida and its allies. In particular, in Afghanistan we are committed to supporting the people of Afghanistan against the violence that is sown by the extremists, and we hope that the Taliban will take note of this and begin seriously to consider alternatives to continuing violence. And we remain committed to supporting the people and Government of Pakistan as they defend their own democracy against extremism. So I think that our resolve, our reach, and our partnerships and alliances – including the one we share with Australia – create a strong foundation on which we are defending freedom and pursuing justice on behalf of people everywhere around the world who seek a better life.

Australia and the United States are fully committed partners on a range of critical bilateral, regional, and global issues. We are working to expand security, of course, but also prosperity for the many. We want to end violence against all people, but particularly women and girls; there’s always a full agenda. I thanked the Foreign Minister for Australia’s many contributions toward peace and humanitarian relief. We have a shared commitment to a peaceful resolution in Syria. We are pleased to work together at the United Nations Human Rights Council to condemn the ongoing crackdown there and dispatch a fact-finding mission.

Australia is also the world’s third largest non-military contributor to Libya, recently increasing its humanitarian assistance to $25 million and offering a passenger ship to evacuate up to 1,000 people escaping the bloodshed that Qadhafi and his forces are inflicting.

And of course, Australia remains the biggest non-NATO contributor, from troops to aid relief, toward our joint efforts in Afghanistan, and the Australian people have been so generous and quick to respond to the needs of everyone from New Zealand to Japan, because of devastating natural disasters.

Our security alliance, which has helped to underwrite stability for 60 years in the Asia-Pacific, including through the annual Australia-United States Ministerial, known as AUSMIN, discusses a range of important security issues including cybersecurity and counterterrorism. And both of us understand the benefits of deeper economic integration and fair trade. Minister Rudd was very influential in helping us to work toward a greater, more relevant involvement in the Pacific-Asian institutions, such as joining the East Asian Summit. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is exploring ways to expand opportunity, is critical, and APEC and ASEAN are two other organizations where we work together.

We also appreciate the close consultation we have with respect to China. Our Strategic and Economic Dialogue will be held with China next week here in Washington, and Australia has a very strong set of policies that it is pursuing to ensure that China is a positive presence in the region.

So there is so much else that we consult on and work on, and I’m very grateful to have this time to catch up, on today of all days, with Kevin. So thank you for your partnership and friendship.

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: Thank you very much, Secretary of State. Today is a moment in history to be here in Washington with our friends and allies in America, a city which was under attack from terrorists just under a decade ago, and a city where we have heard the news that Usama bin Ladin is dead. It’s a time when we also reflect on the absolute professionalism of American forces in discharging this mission, which has been of critical importance to so many of us around the world. And we congratulate them.

It’s also a day when we reflect upon the families of the victims of terrorism, as the Secretary of State has just said in New York, the city which she represented in the United States Senate; here in Washington, DC, our friends at the Pentagon; in the fields of Pennsylvania; in London; train stations in Madrid; in Bali, where we lost close to a hundred of our own to terrorists. Let us hope that these lives, these families that have been so shattered by these terrorist attacks orchestrated by an organization, the al-Qaida network, led by Usama bin Ladin – let us hope that these events of the last day or so bring some sense of closure to those families who have been so radically affected. Let us never forget in Australia that the victims in Bali, brought about by the Bali bombers, those bombers were in large part trained in Afghanistan in the period that Usama bin Ladin ran amok in that country.

I think also it reminds us today of the absolute importance of determination, determination in the field in Afghanistan, where our troops have been with each other now for close on a decade. And there has been much commentary about the difficulties we encounter in the field. And it’s true; it’s a very difficult, long, and hard battle that we fight. But it reinforces the absolute importance of staying the course to complete our mission, and for our efforts in counterterrorism the same, which have yielded such extraordinary fruit in the actions taken in the last day or so on Usama bin Ladin.

And finally, on the question of Usama bin Ladin and al-Qaida, let us also again, as the President said in his remarks last night, reflect on the absolute importance of vigilance, vigilance in the days and weeks and months ahead. The fighting season begins afresh in Afghanistan. Our soldiers in the field will feel these pressures acutely; also in the work of our counterterrorism agencies across the world; and for members of our traveling public, the adjustments to travel advisories as we alert them to new dangers in our missions abroad.

In our relationship with the United States, this alliance for us is bedrock. It is the guiding principle of Australia’s engagement with the region and the world. And this year, together with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, we’ll celebrate the 60th anniversary of this alliance relationship.

Today we have discussed a range of key challenges. We’ve mentioned Afghanistan. We have also discussed the rise of China. We discussed the future of the East Asian Summit, where America will, for the first time, attend at a head-of-government head-of-state level. And we look forward to that at the end of this year, where Prime Minister Gillard will also be in attendance. This is a critical opportunity to start outlining some of the political and security rules of the road for East Asia and the Pacific so that we can enjoy prosperity and stability in the future.

We’ve also discussed the challenges in the Middle East. Syria, the Secretary has just mentioned. Further to that, Libya, where Australia will join with the United States as a member of the international Contact Group in its foreign ministerial meeting in Rome later this week. And of course, the Middle East peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

So, Hillary, thank you again for your kind hospitality in receiving your Antipodean visitors today. (Laughter.) We look forward to gathering again in San Francisco for the 60th anniversary gathering of AUSMIN later this year. And in us you have a reliable partner, a reliable friend, in what for us is a bedrock relationship.

MODERATOR: Time for just two questions. The first is with Jill Dougherty of CNN.

QUESTION: Thank you. Secretary Clinton, about a year ago you said that somebody somewhere in the Pakistani Government must know where Usama bin Ladin is. Do you still believe that they must have known? And if he was hiding 31 miles from Islamabad, the capital, how can you possibly have confidence in Pakistan’s commitment to fighting terrorism?

And just one other question on the same subject. There is a reward that was supposed to be given – $25 million. Is that reward going to be given? What will happen to it?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Jill, as the President made clear, it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation over a number of years now with Pakistan has contributed greatly to our efforts to dismantle al-Qaida. And in fact, cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Ladin and the compound in which he was hiding.

Going forward, we are absolutely committed to continuing that cooperation. And it’s not just cooperation between governmental agencies; it’s cooperation between the people of the United States and the people of Pakistan. They are defending their own democracy against violent extremism. Bin Ladin declared war on Pakistan a few years ago, so this was someone who was an enemy of the United States and an enemy of Pakistan. And it was important for us to work as closely as we could with our Pakistani counterparts, and it remains so.

So looking forward, we’re going to continue to make progress. We’re going to continue to keep the pressure on al-Qaida and its syndicate of terror. We’re committed to this partnership. We think it is in the best interest of the security and safety of the United States.

With respect to the reward, the Rewards for Justice program has obviously removed Usama bin Ladin from its active list of most wanted suspects because of his death. Given the importance of confidentiality to the Rewards for Justice program, I cannot comment at all on whether anyone has been nominated for a reward in this or any other case.

MODERATOR: Brad Norington of The Australian, second question.

QUESTION: Thank you. Mr. Rudd, what implications does Usama bin Ladin’s demise have for Australia’s policy on terrorism? Is it likely to speed up our exit from Afghanistan? And is the threat of terrorism in any way diminished for Australia?

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: On the first point, in terms of our mission in Afghanistan, the answer is, without reservation, no. That is, we will stay the course in Afghanistan until our mission is complete. And we’ve defined what that mission is in relation to the province of Uruzgan, which our defense forces are by and large committed, together with our American allies. We are discharging our mission there. We are well down the track of training the 4th Brigade of the Afghan National Army. I’ve been in Afghanistan about two or three weeks ago and seen the work in the field. More broadly in the province itself, I see great progress on the economic development – roads being built, markets being established, schools being constructed. We even opened our first Australian Government-funded mosque in the Tora Valley, which

greeted by tribal leaders with great enthusiasm. So we believe that we have the right timetable to do it. We respect President Karzai’s 2014 date, and we are well on track towards achieving that, and we see no change as a result of the events of the last 24 hours.

On the second point that you asked, in terms of the challenge of terrorism, is it diminished as a result of Usama bin Ladin’s demise? This challenge remains a serious challenge around the world. The al-Qaida network is still alive and well. We see many manifestations of it around the world, be it on the Arabian Peninsula or elsewhere. Therefore, the challenge for us as allies of America, and with our friends and partners right across Southeast Asia and our friends and partners right across Europe and the Middle East, is to remain vigilant.

As the President said last night and the Secretary of State in her remarks as well, it’s critical that this man, this murderer, was brought to justice. It’s equally critical that we remain vigilant against future terrorist attacks. And what we know from the past, these are non-discriminating in terms of where they are launched, against whom they are launched – Muslims, Christians, anybody – and whatever center in the world. So our forces have a challenge ahead of them. Now, security intelligence cooperation is critical, and we in Australia will play our part with America and likemindeds across the world.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all very much.

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These pictures only capture part of this long day, believe it or not, and there are 70 of them.  They are in no particular order or grouping.  We see Mme. Secretary once again celebrating Twin Day with Chancellor Merkel (I believe that every time they have met, they have matched).  We also see her with a series of Foreign Ministers, including Guido Westerwelle (Germany), William Jefferson Hague, (UK), Trinidad Jimenez (Spain), Kevin Rudd (Australia), as well as with NATO Secretary General Rasmussen, and many others. I am always impressed by the way she puts out such a friendly, smiling, happy face for us.  She wins friends for us everywhere she goes.

Thank you, Mme. Secretary for working so tirelessly for us.

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Public Schedule for November 8, 2010

Washington, DC
November 8, 2010


Secretary Clinton travels to the Asia Pacific region. For more information, click here.

8:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends AUSMIN Session I, in Melbourne, Australia.

10:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends AUSMIN Session II, in Melbourne, Australia.

11:45 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends AUSMIN Session III, in Melbourne, Australia.

12:10 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends the AUSMIN working lunch, in Melbourne, Australia.

1:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in an AUSMIN press availability with Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith, in Melbourne, Australia.

11:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in a traditional Samoan Welcoming Ceremony, in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

11:25 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Governor of American Samoa Togiola Tulafono, in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

PM Secretary Clinton returns from foreign travel.

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Remarks With Foreign Minister Kevin Michael Rudd

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Grand Hyatt
Melbourne, Australia
November 6, 2010

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: Well, good afternoon and good evening, ladies and gentlemen. First of all, on behalf of the Australian Government, can I say how welcome Secretary of State Clinton is to Australia? You are not only well known in our country, Hillary, I believe you’re well loved in our country. And it’s good to have you here, good to have you here in Melbourne, which is one of our finest cities and also a city where General Douglas MacArthur came to after he left temporarily the Philippines way back in the early 1940s. So it has a strong American connection with this great city.

Of course, we are here to participate in the 25th AUSMIN and the 25th AUSMIN goes to the heart of our alliance with the United States which now goes back to 1951 ANZUS Treaty signed in that year building on, in turn, a diplomatic relationship which we established some 70 years ago this year. That’s why Secretary Clinton and I today have issued the Melbourne statement on the alliance which we share and it is a statement which commemorates, therefore, this 70 years of a strong and close diplomatic relationship.

If you look at the text of the Melbourne Statement, it goes not just to the interests that we have in common, but critically the values that we share as two democracies across the Pacific, values also we share in support of open economies across the Pacific and across the world, the values we also share in the defense of basic human rights and the principles of democracy across the wider human family.

I’ve been asked recently by many Australians on this trip, “What’s this alliance with the United States ultimately all about?” The way I put it is this: There are friends that you have who stick with you over a long period of time whether or not the times are tough or whether those times are good. That’s very much the Australia-U.S. relationship. We’ve been together in every major conflict throughout the history of the 20th century and some of those have been very difficult and very hard and very bloody. But the core principle is alive that this friendship has not only endured for such a long period of time, it is a friendship which has stood the test of time because we have been there for each other in good times and in bad and that is the mark of true friendship.

Further, today the Secretary of State and I have issued a joint statement on cooperation which we’ve now embraced on dealing with the scourge of violence across women across the world. Globally, around 30 percent of women and girls experience physical or sexual violence during their lifetime. And this becomes, of course, much higher in conflict zones. We believe as democracies and believes in fundamental human rights that we’ve got a responsibility not just to observe this, not just to be concerned about it, but to act on it.

And that is why Australia and the United States will work fully with UN Women, the new created organization under the leadership of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in taking this mission forward. Australia will provide 14.5 million to UN Women over the next two years with this specific objective in mind: how to reduce globally the scourge of violence and sexual violence against women with a particular emphasis on our own region here in Asia and the Pacific. This is the sort of practical stuff we do as friends, as allies as well, which is about people whose lives can be improved by the common actions of friends who are committed to such deep principles.

So again, Secretary, welcome to Melbourne. Welcome to Australia. We honor you as a friend. We honor you as a representative of the United States of America, a country which is held in the highest regard in this country, Australia.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Kevin, and it is a great treat for me to be here in Melbourne, my first visit to this city. And I appreciate greatly your very gracious words about the longstanding friendship between our two countries. On behalf of the United States, we deeply value and respect that friendship and the many contributions that Australia has made and is making and will make to the pursuit of common goals and values that are really at the core of that enduring friendship.

As the foreign minister noted in his opening remarks, this marks the 70th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations. Our relationship continues to be a strategic anchor of security and prosperity in this region and beyond and our countries are working very closely together. The Melbourne Statement reflects that level of cooperation and it touches on the many areas where we are involved together.

One critical issue is the role of regional institutions. The foreign minister has been a consistent advocate and a leading voice for strengthening the regional architecture in the Asia Pacific, including the United States engagement in the East Asia Summit, ASEAN, and other institutions. And I want to thank him publicly here in Australia for doing a lot of the most important thinking about how the Asia Pacific region needs to be organized and the role that the United States must play in that going forward.

The foreign minister is also very knowledgeable about China and he has been extremely helpful to the United States in our efforts to build a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship with China as it rises on the global stage. Tomorrow I will meet with the prime minister to discuss a range of issues, including our joint efforts on nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, and so much else.

I will also be looking forward to speaking at the university about how the United States and Australia can build on and adapt our alliance to the 21st century. On Monday, the foreign minister and I will participate in the Australia-United States Ministerial, the so-called AUSMIN. Together with my colleague, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith. There we will discuss a full range of issues, including joint efforts in Afghanistan, cyber security, counter terrorism, the peaceful use of outer space, and again, so much more.

We are also working together to fight poverty and spur development in countries nearby here in this region and beyond. Along with defense and diplomacy, development is the third pillar of America’s foreign policy. We call them the three Ds. And I particularly appreciate the foreign minister’s commitments on development that he just referenced.

And I especially welcome Australia’s partnership in reducing violence against women and girls in the Pacific region and beyond. When women are not protected, it undermines families, communities, and even nations. It also means they are more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. High rates of gender-based violence can contribute to the high rates of HIV among women. That’s why next year the United States will double our funding to fight HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea to $5 million.

In addition, we are working together to reduce hunger and improve food security. We are stepping up efforts to develop new strains of rice that will yield more food with less water and perform better in heat and drought. We will continue to support the International Rice Research Institute and other programs to help sustain Asia’s food production in the face of growing population and climate change. This work is just one outcome of the commitment our two development agencies made this summer to extend our cooperation. And so I want to commend Australia on its recent decision to contribute $50 million to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. It will have a concrete set of benefits for people in need. Just this week that program announced a new round of grants that will help small holder farmers in Ethiopia, Niger, and Mongolia grow more food and increase their incomes.

Now, all of these projects are evidence of the generosity and drive for results that our two countries share. We want to make sure that our efforts actually help people improve their lives in concrete ways. And as we build on our decades-long friendship and alliance, I am confident that we will be able to do far more together than either of us could do alone.

So again, (inaudible) Minister Rudd, thank you for your partnership and friendship and I look forward to a very productive visit.

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: Okay, folks. Now, some questions. Can I put to you to begin with?

QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. Rudd. Secretary, I wonder if can address my questions to you. With regards to AUSMIN — and there are several parts to this question — is it already a done deal that we see a major escalation in military cooperation between the two countries? That’s what it was referred to in the newspaper today. What will that look like, do you see? And do these discussions include a multi (inaudible) with U.S. (inaudible) in Exmouth in Western Australia? Will that be on the table at AUSMIN?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, let me start by saying that the United States and Australia have cooperated closely in military and defense matters for many years, really since the beginning of our diplomatic relations and we have a long history of setting forth missions and goals that we then consult and agree upon the appropriate ways to proceed. I think it’s going to be an issue of discussion at AUSMIN about the cooperation going forward on a range of matters, as I said, including space, cyber security, and so much else.

The United States is engaged in this process from both the foreign ministry and the defense ministry perspective, but I am not going to prejudge the outcome of our discussions which are truly ongoing. AUSMIN represents a point on a spectrum, because these conversations never stop about what is needed. But certainly if you look at the Asia Pacific region right now and a lot of the small island nations that Australia plays such a role in working with, there are needs for more disaster preparedness and response that we believe the United States and Australia are particularly well suited to work through together and then with other partners.

So this is an ongoing conversation that’s been going on for years and it includes all of the potential opportunities for working together. Maybe Kevin would like to add something.

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: Well, the Secretary is right. We’ve been talking about our defense cooperation with each other and wider security policy cooperation literally for decades. It’s an ongoing process. It’s nothing particularly remarkable and that occurs at this AUSMIN on that front. But the second point is that we in Australia, as I’ve said many times before, welcome the U.S. making a greater use of our ports, of our facilities, of training facilities, of our test firing ranges. That’s what alliances are all about. And that’s been the case for decades past; it will be the case for decades in the future.

The U.S., of course, is engaged in its own analysis of its own future force posture. We will input to that over time. That’s the right thing to do as an ally and a friend and our American friends have been keen to hear our views on that. But this is, as the Secretary just said, an ongoing dialogue between us, a dialogue which occurs in an atmosphere of friendship and trust built up over a long, long time. Now, could I have a question from one of our friends from the American press?

QUESTION: Secretary Clinton, you made reference in your opening statement to Prime Minister (inaudible) on China. What more do you think Australia can do to try to (inaudible) affording more rules-based and less aggressive stance towards its neighbors. And also on China, you said toward the beginning of your trip that he (inaudible) all countries needed to develop diversified supplies of rare earth minerals. Australia is well known for its mining companies (inaudible). Is there anything the two governments could do to try to promote that kind of investment or should that just be (inaudible) free market.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Arshad, those are two very good and very important questions. I am looking forward to discussing at length over the next two close days with the foreign minister his assessment of China’s current thinking. He just returned from yet another visit to China.

We obviously share the view that we want to see China’s rise be successful, bringing benefits to the Chinese people, but to take on greater responsibility and a rules-based approach toward all of its neighbors. We are discussing that within ASEAN and the ASEAN regional forum, as you know, when it comes to maritime security and freedom of navigation. And I look forward to hearing from the foreign minister the reflections he has and the recommendations that he will make to us.

I think one area where we do need to discuss in depth is the supply of rare-earth minerals throughout the world. The slow-down, or the potential of the supply coming from China, which is about 97 percent of the currently available supply of rare-earth minerals, raised questions in many of our minds that it is not — whether it is China or anyone else — wise to be so dependent upon a single source for elements that are critical to many of the most advanced civilian and military technology that countries like Australia and the United States produce and utilize.

Australia already does produce such elements, and I am aware that the United States also has the potential for producing more, as do other nations. And I am sure that we will discuss, in the context of AUSMIN, since it does have direct military and defense pertinence, how best we can work together to ensure that there is a broad-based global supply of these critical minerals.

QUESTION: Obviously (inaudible), but is there anything you’re planning to do or see (inaudible) here in Melbourne? And perhaps you can tell (inaudible).

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: And you’re from a Melbourne newspaper, are you? That’s right.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Only a fair question. Now, you might recall that when Kevin visited me last in Washington, he promised that we would have some fun in Melbourne. So I am very much looking forward to that. I have long wanted to visit this city because, looking around this room, I am probably one of — if not the — longest standing living person here.

And I remember well watching the Olympics in 1956 from Melbourne. It was my first time that I was consciously aware of this magnificent quadrennial sporting event and, even as a little girl, was entranced by the beauty of this city and, obviously, I know its well-deserved reputation as the sporting capital of Australia.

I can say that the President is a very big sports fan, as well as quite active athlete. So I have no announcements to make, but I am going to be sure to brief him on the many enticing and interesting attributes of Melbourne.

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: And we Australians honor our word. So we said we would offer the Secretary a good time in Melbourne. And between myself and Stephen Smith and the prime minister, I am sure we will.

By the way, we pointed out from the hotel window the MCG, where the 1956 Olympics were held, and (inaudible) our American friends again.

QUESTION: If I could just interrupt —


QUESTION: Given the enormous strains on the U.S. budget, and the enormous military operation in Afghanistan and Iraq, do you think the United States can continue to have the kind of military presence in the Asian Pacific region that you would like, in light of (inaudible)? And perhaps you’re mentioning offering U.S. more bases and facilities to ease those pressures.

FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: The short answer to the first part of your question is yes. And I say that, based on the strength and depth and breadth of this security relationship, which has gone on for decades and decades. As I said, partly in response to an earlier question, we are not simply dealing with something new today. Our security circumstances since 1951 are being constantly evolving. And each generation of leaders who have had custodianship of this alliance have adjusted it to contemporary circumstances. And that is our mission statement for the future, as well.

Secondly, I fully understand that running such formidable military assets as the United States has worldwide is a cost to the U.S. taxpayer. It costs a lot of money. And I understand that because in government we have had to frame our own defense budgets, and nothing comes cheap. I understand that really well. But what I also know is America is a global power. And America, across the world, remains and continues to be an overwhelming force for good in the world.

What does that mean in practice? One of the things it means in practice is being a force for the continuing strategic stability of our world and our region here, in particular. That hangs off the presence of so many men and women in uniform, the United States armed forces. So, therefore, we will discuss the detail, in terms of U.S. force posture review, and what our American friends have in mind, and our own interests in that connection. But I am confident we will always end up with a good landing point, as we have in the past. And I believe that will be to the benefit of both of our national security interests.

The second part of your question, which goes to greater use of Australian facilities, as I said before, it’s been our historical approach, through our joint facilities, our ports, our training facilities, our test firing ranges, to make them available to our American friends. That’s the framework we apply for the future, as well.

One last point, though, on that. The Secretary before referred to the three D’s of the State Department: defense, diplomacy, and development. She is absolutely right in that conceptual framework. And, beyond defense, our common diplomacy in this region is really important. And working together on emerging institutions, like the East Asian Summit, working with our Chinese friends, working with our friends from India, from Japan, from the Republic of Korea, from Indonesia, this is very important in shaping the sort of rules-based order and habits of cooperation and predictability of behavior within the Asian Pacific region that is in our common interests to underpin our stability and our security for this new century. It’s been guaranteed so much in the past by the strategic presence of the United States, and that is always the underpinning factor.

(Inaudible) diplomacy, getting the rules right within the neighborhood for the future is also important. And we are working very closely diplomatically, not just with the U.S. on that, but with our friends and partners right across the region.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for your attention this afternoon. And we look forward to the next few days together with Secretary Clinton, and seeing some of the delights and sights and sounds of the great city of Melbourne.


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