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PacNet #55 – Keeping Up Appearances?: Australia’s ‘dance’ with China and implications for the Alliance

September 22, 2011

Australians recently remembered Sept. 11, 2001 with solemnity, respect, and reflection. Responding to this day of infamy strengthened and reaffirmed the US-Australia alliance. This year not only marks a decade since 9/11 but it also marks the 60th anniversary of the alliance since the ANZUS Treaty (Australia, New Zealand, and United States) was signed in 1951. Australia’s response to 9/11 was informed and pursued in part as a consequence of the alliance and treaty commitments.