Travel Diary: U.S.-Australia Ministerial Consultations 2011 Joint Statement on Cyberspace

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 15, 2011
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Secretary Clinton went to San Francisco on September 14 to co-host the 26th Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN). On September 15, Secretary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defense Minister Stephen Smith to discuss challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, ways to improve and deepen Alliance cooperation, and issues affecting global security. Today, they issued a joint statement on cyberspace. The text of the statement follows:

"As part of the 26th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations on September 15, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd, and Minister for Defence Stephen Smith considered a range of new and emerging security challenges of the 21st century. In that context, they discussed the importance of close collaboration on cyber issues.

"The Governments of Australia and the United States recognize that cyberspace is an increasingly important medium in ensuring economic well-being and national security. We seek to promote a secure, resilient, and trusted cyberspace that ensures safe and reliable access for all nations.

"Our Governments recognize the value of close collaboration with allies and like-minded nations on cyber issues, and are working together closely to address mutual threats and challenges emerging in and from cyberspace. We recognize the importance of working together to advance the development of agreed international norms for cyberspace, and are committed to contributing further to this development.

"We recognize that cyberspace plays a growing role in ensuring national security. Mindful of our longstanding defense relationship and the 1951 Security Treaty between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America (ANZUS 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.

"Our Governments remain committed to furthering our national and mutual interests in cyberspace, collaborating with the international community to address the challenges of cyberspace, and working together to ensure the common benefits of cyberspace are accessible to all peoples and nations."

You may also find this statement here.



Eleanor M.
United States
September 19, 2011

Eleanor R.M. in USA writes:

In other words, if we want Julian Assange, you won't fight us on that, will you Aussies?

Maryland, USA
September 19, 2011

Patrick in Maryland writes:

I Like that our goverments are working together to make cyberspace more secure.

I think it's important, that everyone is able to access the information on the internet,and feel safe online.

See ya :)

United States
September 19, 2011

Dan in USA writes:

I'm all for trying to strengthen relations with a friend like Australia.

South Korea
September 19, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel at the inside and outside, at the same time, suspect that is likely to be attacked. Dopjiman Greece, and Germany's politicians disagree over how to help on the Greek situation is repeated, as opposed to, the political base, losing the possibility to send from home, while reading is suspect. Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel's determination is not wrong as, I think the situation is too fluid.

Adri D.
September 19, 2011

Adri D. in Indonesia writes:

Yea we should do that
and it's not expensive to operate
But the effect
who knows ?
God Bless you Madame Secretary


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