The Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull are discussing the role of the contemporary Australia-US alliance in emerging Asia as part the Alliance 21 flagship conference in Washington DC today.

Both Washington and Canberra have recently made significant new commitments to deepen alliance ties and engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. This is happening while the strategic context of the alliance is fundamentally shifting as a result of the economic transformation of Asia.

US-Australia: The Alliance in an Emerging Asia is bringing together leaders from government, business and academia in a full-day conference presented by the United States Studies Centre in partnership with Washington DC's Center for Strategic and International Studies as part of Alliance 21 and G'Day USA.

Sessions will cover defence and security, trade and investment, and resources and sustainability and presenters will include Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Jason Frum, Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, among others.

The entire conference will be live-streamed through the Alliance 21 website and recordings of the sessions will be available on the site over coming days.

What: US-Australia: The Alliance in an Emerging Asia Where: Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC When: 8:30am - 4pm, 22 January (12:30am - 8am, 23 January, AEDST)

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