President Barack Obama said cutting the U.S. budget won’t reduce the nation’s military and economic commitments to the Asia-Pacific region in remarks that reflect a U.S. effort to contain China’s growing regional influence.
Australia won’t withdraw from Afghanistan earlier than planned after suffering the most casualties in a single day since the Vietnam War, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said, stressing its commitment as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Pacific region.
Australia won’t withdraw from Afghanistan earlier than planned after suffering the most casualties in a single day since the Vietnam War, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said, stressing its commitment as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits the Pacific region.
Barack Obama’s visit to Australia prompted the people of Darwin to take out $50,000 worth of insurance to cover him against the risk of a crocodile attack. The gesture seemed to delight the U.S. president. In a speech to about 1,000 Australians troops, his praise of the “legendary Diggers” (soldiers who fought in trenches) and “true blue Aussies” (Australians loyal to local values) went down a treat.
President Barack Obama said the U.S. is sending a “clear message” of its intent to lead in the Asia-Pacific region with an agreement he and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced to deploy American Marines on Australian bases next year.
European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co.’s planned bid for the U.S. military’s $35 billion refueling tanker program may pay off by raising the planemaker’s stature for future competitions even if this one fails.
Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce, who yesterday grounded his fleet because of labor disputes, said only an order by Australia’s industrial regulator halting strikes would ensure a resumption of flights.
Sendai Airport, engulfed by Japan’s March 11 tsunami, resumed commercial flights today after Self- Defense Forces and the U.S. military helped clear uprooted trees, houses and about 5,000 vehicles thrown about by rushing water.