|Military and diplomatic ties have never been so important|
|Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates are in Melbourne with a full agenda for AUSMIN talks with the Gillard Government.|
Closer military ties between the US and Australia, the Afghanistan war and the geo-political balance of the Asia-Pacific will be on the table today as the US Secretaries of State and Defence sit down with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard spent time with Ms Clinton over the weekend, lunching in Melbourne, but it's back to the grind for the PM today.
Labor is briefing that Ms Gillard will appear on the Victorian campaign trail this morning with Premier John Brumby at the Alfred Hospital to make an announcement about telemedicine, while morning radio is reporting that Mr Brumby will announce an extra $344 million in funding to cut hospital waiting lists.
But it's the AUSMIN talks that are driving the national agenda this morning, with the Australia's team of Defence reporters - Mark Dodd, Cameron Stewart and Brendan Nicholson - writing this morning that today's talks will begin charting a clear road map for a withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan.
"THE Gillard government will work with a top-level US delegation at the talks and then the Prime Minister will take the plan to next week's conference of NATO and its key allies in Lisbon. But the Prime Minister has warned against a premature exit for Australian troops, saying it would be a "bad error" to leave before Afghan forces could take control of their own security, only to have to return if conditions deteriorated.''
Daniel Flitton and Dan Oakes write that "AUSTRALIA risks a backlash from China over a plan to expand the United States military presence here under a new deal to be unveiled today. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, yesterday described ties between China, the US and Australia as ''one of the most consequential'' for the Obama administration. But she rejected the notion that the US was being displaced as the premier Asian power by China as it increasingly flexed its economic and military muscle.''
Nov 7, 2010
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