US experts such as Center for a New American Security chief executive Richard Fontaine also hit back at the idea Washington was “ungrateful” to Australia.“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he told The Australian. “The appreciation for Australia’s contributions not just today, but for the past decade … people are well aware of that in Washington.”
It comes as the US released its National Security Strategy, which outlines China as the major challenge facing the West. It also references Australia “more than usual”, according to Mr Fontaine.“The strategy implicitly suggests the Indo-Pacific is the priority for US national security policy … and the alliance is extraordinarily tight and important.”
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