Canberra: The White House said on Thursday that US President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Morrison discussed how to jointly respond to the recent military coups in China and Myanmar.
The first call between the leaders of the two countries since Biden’s inauguration came at a time when tensions between Australia and China increased and the Myanmar military dealt with Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government a few days after the coup. day.
The White House said in an e-mailed statement that the power of the US-Australia alliance “remains the foundation of stability in the Indo-Pacific and the world.”
Morrison declined to give details of the conversation with Biden about China and Myanmar.
“He said to me again today, he sees the Australia-U.S. relationship as providing the anchor for peace and security in our region,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
The United States is Australia’s key strategic ally, a relationship that Morrison made a priority as ties between Canberra and China, its largest trading partner, soured.
The new U.S. administration’s emphasis on addressing climate change is likely to put pressure on Morrison, who has been hesitant to match Biden’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
Morrison, however, said the call was “warm” and “engaging”.
Morrison’s former agent, Malcolm Turnbull, had the first telephone conversation with former U.S. President Donald Trump. According to the Washington Post, this was “so far The worst call”.
After Turnbull urged Trump to implement the previous agreement between Canberra and the Obama administration to accept refugees from offshore detention camps in Australia, the call became hostile.