The Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty (ANZUS or ANZUS Treaty) is the military alliance which binds Australia and New Zealand and, separately, Australia and the United States to cooperate on defence matters in the Pacific Ocean area, though today the treaty is understood to relate to attacks worldwide.
The treaty came about following the close cooperation of the United States, Australia and New Zealand during World War II, when Australia had come under attack by a foreign power, Japan, for the first time in its history. The treaty was signed on September 1, 1951 in San Francisco, CA.
“We celebrate the 60th anniversary of our alliance.
Australians are held in such high esteem by Americans — partly because we share so much. Not only do we share a language, a commitment to democracy, a set of shared values, but I think there’s also a shared sense of open spaces and a pioneer spirit. And as Prime Minister Gillard said the first time we met, it’s what makes us “great mates.”
Australia and the United States have a shared interest in expanding trade in the Pacific region, in promoting clean energy, in making sure that we don’t have regulatory barriers that prevent our businesses from working across our borders. And so we’re very excited about the prospect of joining forces with Australia and other countries to promote growth and employees in the region.”
March 07, 2011 President Barack Obama
At the invitation of Prime Minister Gillard, President Obama will visit Australia on November 16-17 in connection with the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance, which plays a critical role in the security of the entire Asia-Pacific region.
“Indonesia bagian dari didi saya. (Indonesia is a part of me) I first came to this country when my mother married an Indonesian named Lolo Soetoro. And as a young boy as a young boy I was coming to a different world. But the people of Indonesia quickly made me feel at home.
The history of both America and Indonesia should give us hope. It is a story written into our national mottos. In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum – out of many, one. Bhinneka Tunggal Ika – unity in diversity. (Applause.) We are two nations, which have traveled different paths. Yet our nations show that hundreds of millions who hold different beliefs can be united in freedom under one flag. And we are now building on that shared humanity — through young people who will study in each other’s schools; through the entrepreneurs forging ties that can lead to greater prosperity; and through our embrace of fundamental democratic values and human aspirations.
I visited Istiqlal mosque — a place of worship that was still under construction when I lived in Jakarta. And I admired its soaring minaret and its imposing dome and welcoming space. But its name and history also speak to what makes Indonesia great. Istiqlal means independence, and its construction was in part a testament to the nation’s struggle for freedom. Moreover, this house of worship for many thousands of Muslims was designed by a Christian architect. (Applause.)
I found it in the words of a leader who was asked about my visit and said, “Muslims are also allowed in churches. We are all God’s followers.”
That spark of the divine lives within each of us.
The stories of Indonesia and America should make us optimistic, because it tells us that history is on the side of human progress; that unity is more powerful than division; and that the people of this world can live together in peace. May our two nations, working together, with faith and determination, share these truths with all mankind.
Sebagai penutup, saya mengucapkan kepada seluruh rakyat Indonesia: terima kasih atas. Terima kasih. (Thank you) Assalamualaikum. (Peace be upon you) Thank you.”
November 10, 2010 President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama poses for a photo with other leaders at the start of the US – ASEAN summit at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Nusa Dua, Bali, Nov. 18, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama attended the Sixth Annual East Asia Summit in Bali Indonesia.
November 19th, the 6th East Asia Summit was attended by leaders of ASEAN, and those of Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the USA.