What direction is ANZUS likely to take under President Trump?
Tom Switzer is a Senior Research Fellow at the US Studies Centre and a presenter on Radio National. Peter Dean is the Acting Head of the Strategic Studies Defence Centre at ANU and the author of the new book Australia's American Alliance.
Indonesia has asked Australia to caution its Pacific Island neighbours against interfering in the West Papua issue and to urge them to withdraw support for West Papuan membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, warning that the issue could pose a “stumbling block” to closer bilateral ties.
Indonesia’s defence minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has raised the prospect of joint patrols during an annual meeting last week with Ms Bishop and Marise Payne, Australia’s defence minister. It comes as Mr Widodo prepares to address Australia’s parliament next week on his first state visit to the country.