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p. 845. The ANZUS Treatylocked

  • Joseph M. Siracusa

Abstract

‘The ANZUS Treaty’ considers the contentious relationship between Australia and the United States of America during the Cold War. Australia's Minister for External Affairs, Herbert V. Evatt, believed that Australian–American relations should be conceived in terms of a partnership of equals with full and effective consultations on all matters of common interest, but the US disagreed. It was not until the Chinese involvement in the Korean War that the Americans agreed they needed a Pacific pact. Negotiations between Percy Spender, John Dulles, and Dean Rusk resulted in the ANZUS (Australian–New Zealand–US Security) Treaty, which was signed in 1951 and was seen as a triumph of Australian diplomacy.

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