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Remarks: Joe Biden Holds a Bilateral Meeting with Anthony Albanese of Australia - March 13, 2023

  • Joe Biden
    Person
  • Anthony Albanese
    Person
  • Question
    Person
Very Positive

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:11 (11 sec)
Well, Mr. Prime Minister, welcome to San Diego. 1

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:11-00:00:34 (23 sec)
And through both war and peace, we've been together in every -- every endeavor we've had -- joint security efforts, and it's been across the board. And that's exactly what we're doing now. I think this is a really consequential agreement we just made, and I think it's going to make a big difference in terms of our -- and represents our vision and our values of what needs to be done. 2

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:00:34-00:00:52 (18 sec)
And I think that, you know, we're investing in the manufacturing base in both our countries as well, in addition to the impact on our military capacity. And I think that it's going to be a gamechanger, in my view. 3

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:52-00:01:11 (19 sec)
And I think that that, coupled with the Quad, which we're both a part of -- including Japan and India -- that we -- we have a -- an ability to expand the maritime domain of democracies and peace, stability, and some security. I think that's important. 4

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:11-00:01:21 (10 sec)
And together, we're working on climate change and regional stability, including economic coercion that's taking place in your part of the world -- not by you, but by others. 5

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:01:21-00:01:26 (5 sec)
And we're going to step up to -- for the people of Ukraine. We've stuck together on that. 6

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:26-00:01:32 (6 sec)
I just had a very good meeting with our colleague from Great Britain on that issue. 7

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:01:32-00:01:38 (5 sec)
And today, we're going to discuss the deepening U.S.-Australia commitment to one another. 8

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:38-00:02:09 (32 sec)
And I really do think we have an opportunity to -- I don't view what we're doing as -- as a challenge to anybody. I view it as a -- as a means by which we're bringing stability into the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean. And I think it's -- it's going to be greeted -- when they realize our purpose -- by everyone as maintaining stability and security. And -- and we can continue the basic rules of the road. 9

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:02:09-00:02:15 (6 sec)
Thank you. And I look forward to -- remember, you invited me down to Australia. I'm coming. 10

Anthony Albanese

Unknown
00:02:15-00:02:15 ( sec)
Any day. 11

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:02:15-00:02:19 (4 sec)
I'm coming. No way out for you. 12

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:02:19-00:02:20 ( sec)
But thank you. 13

Anthony Albanese

Very Positive
00:02:20-00:02:49 (29 sec)
Well, thank you very much, Mr. President. We look forward to welcoming you down in Australia for the Quad meeting in May. I'm sure it will be a very successful visit. And this is our -- our fourth meeting in -- I haven't yet been Prime Minister for a year, so we've been in very regular contact and developed a personal friendship and relationship of trust as well, which is something that should be there between our two great nations. 14

Anthony Albanese

Neutral
00:02:49-00:03:16 (27 sec)
And today, what we've really done is just to demonstrate a next chapter in our history together. We -- John Curtin, one of my great Labor Prime Minister predecessors, during World War Two, said famously, "We turn to America. We look to America in our time of need." And ever since then, we have stood side by side. 15

Anthony Albanese

Very Positive
00:03:16-00:03:36 (19 sec)
And today, I think it is very important, very significant that you have agreed for just the second time in history to share this technology. And I think it will make a difference in advancing security and stability in the region. 16

Anthony Albanese

Very Positive
00:03:36-00:04:00 (24 sec)
But also, we, of course, share a common interest in rebuilding manufacturing in our respective countries. And we see this as very much an economic plan, not just a defense and security plan. This high-tech manufacturing capacity that we're building will be really important going forward. 17

Anthony Albanese

Very Positive
00:04:00-00:04:30 (30 sec)
And when we talk about national security, we have shared your -- your language about climate change being a national security issue as well, which is, of course, the entry ticket into credibility in the Pacific, in particular. And we have spent our first year in office really rebuilding relationships in the region based upon our action on climate change. 18

Anthony Albanese

Somewhat Positive
00:04:30-00:04:46 (16 sec)
Your Inflation Reduction Act is the most significant piece of legislation ever on climate, and we are trying to also deal with the challenge which is there. 19

Anthony Albanese

Positive
00:04:46-00:04:55 (9 sec)
We so much look forward to welcoming you and Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Kishida down to -- down to Australia in just a couple of months now. 20

Anthony Albanese

Slightly Positive
00:04:55-00:05:08 (13 sec)
And then, I'll look forward to being at APEC as well when you're -- you're hosting that later this year. So, we're going to have to see a lot of each other on an ongoing basis. But that's -- 21

Joe Biden

Positive
00:05:08-00:05:11 (2 sec)
As far as I'm concerned, that's good. 22

Anthony Albanese

Positive
00:05:11-00:05:12 (1 sec)
That is a very good thing. 23

Anthony Albanese

Positive
00:05:12-00:05:30 (18 sec)
And in Australia, I have no doubt that this agreement will be very welcomed in Australia. And it's a long-term plan, but it's been a lot of work to get it right. So, thank you to your administration for the leadership which you've shown. 24

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:05:30-00:05:33 (3 sec)
Well, I think everything you said about it is accurate. 25

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:33-00:05:52 (19 sec)
I'd like to point out one other thing. I want the world to understand -- which you -- you and I fully understand, as does the -- the Prime Minister of Great Britain -- that we're talking about nuclear power, not nuclear weapons. It is critical that the world understands that and that we've worked with the IAEA. 26

Anthony Albanese

Positive
00:05:52-00:05:53 (1 sec)
Yes. 27

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:05:53-00:06:00 (7 sec)
They sign off on what we're doing. And I think it's really very, very important that they will continue to deal with non-proliferation states law. 28

Joe Biden

Positive
00:06:00-00:06:02 (2 sec)
So, I look forward to coming down. So, thank you. 29

Anthony Albanese

Very Positive
00:06:02-00:06:04 (1 sec)
It's going to be fun, too. 30

Question

Leans Positive
00:06:04-00:06:10 (6 sec)
Mr. President, can AUKUS survive even if there is an isolationist President? 31

Joe Biden

Positive
00:06:10-00:06:11 (1 sec)
Yes. 32

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:06:11-00:06:11 ( sec)
[Crosstalk by reporters] 33

Question

Unknown
00:06:11-00:06:13 (2 sec)
Mr. President, why did you choose Australia as a partner? 34

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:06:13-00:06:14 (1 sec)
They're totally reliable. 35

Question

Unknown
00:06:14-00:06:16 (2 sec)
Did you talk about banks at all today? 36

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:06:16-00:06:20 (5 sec)
I didn't ask to borrow any money. [Laughter] 37