He asserted that almost 70 years since the 1951 ANZUS treaty
, US-Australia relations remain strong built upon a core foundation of shared military and intelligence ties.
The point was reached when an occasional voice in Washington began to wonder whether the ANZUS treaty
was worth retaining --the traditional nightmare of Australian foreign policy.
In September 1951, which three countries signed a mutual defence pact, known as the ANZUS Treaty
He explained that the Anzus treaty
or the security pact between Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.
In 1951, the United States, Australia and New Zealand signed a mutual defense pact, the ANZUS treaty
According to the report, while the US and New Zealand remain Australia's formal allies in the ANZUS treaty
, this deal elevates Australia's relationship with China to the status of "strategic partnership" and puts it alongside Indonesia and India.
But some might still note a similarity between one part of this clause and the operative clause of the ANZUS Treaty
(Article IV) signed over sixty years earlier: "Each Party recognizes that an armed attack in the Pacific Area on any of the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional processes." (21) To be sure, the Washington Declaration does not require either party to come to the other's assistance in the event of an attack: that sort of alliance commitment is absent.
I would sooner abrogate the ANZUS Treaty
with New Zealand and the U.S.
The United States, Australia, and New Zealand signed the ANZUS Treaty
in 1951, which remains Australia's pre-eminent formal security treaty alliance.
This aspiration carried over into Article VIII of the tripartite treaty, later known as ANZUS, which used the wording "pending the development of a more comprehensive system of regional security in the Pacific Area" ("Anzus Treaty
During the 16 months between December 1949 and April 1951, when Spender was the first Minister for External Affairs in the post-war Coalition government led by Robert Menzies, he was a central figure in negotiating both the ANZUS Treaty
and the Colombo Plan, foundation stones of the alliance and Asian engagement respectively.