China, India key topics of discussion at US-Australia talks

China & India were key topics of discussion at a crucial strategic bilateral talks between Oz and US.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 00:45 AM IST

Melbourne: The rise of China and India
were key topics of discussion at a crucial strategic bilateral
talks between Australia and the US, Foreign Minister Kevin
Rudd said on Monday.

Rudd said rising powers like China as well as India
were on the agendas of the ongoing Australia-US Ministerial
(AUSMIN) talks.

Rudd, Defence Minister Stephen Smith, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defence Robert Gates
met here today for the strategic discussions with focus on the
US Force Posture Review, which will examine the American
military presence in the Asia-Pacific, and the war in
Afghanistan, among other issues.

According to AAP report, Rudd was not drawn on if
Australia and America were preparing for emerging global power
China to potentially become a future military threat.

"We`re not in the business of naming threats," he was
quoted as saying.

"What we`ve done over many decades...is to make sure
that the (Australian-US) alliance is relevant to contemporary
circumstances," he said.

Rudd admitted China had been on the meeting`s
agenda.

"Yes, we do have the rise of China, we do have of
course burgeoning military expenditures in many other
countries in the region," he said.

"It`s entirely right that the Americans, ourselves and
others talk about how these rising powers, including India,
contribute to a regional and global rules-based order.

"This is not specifically targeted at the PRC
(People`s Republic of China), it`s targeted at the region as a
whole," he said.

PTI