Australia reiterated commitment to international cyber security cooperation at the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

Australia reiterated commitment to international cyber security cooperation at the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

Cyber Security International Cyber Policy Engagement
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, the Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Taro Kono at a meeting in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7, 2017

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Taro Kono, and the Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson, met in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7, 2017, for the seventh ministerial meeting of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD).

Reaffirming the importance of the trilateral strategic partnership among these three countries to ensure a free, open, peaceful, stable, democratic, and prosperous Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region and world, based on the rule of law, the Ministers reiterated their enduring commitment to further deepening coordination and cooperation to achieve this goal. They noted that the partnership, which is founded upon the robust Australia-U.S. and Japan-U.S. Alliances, rests on the unshakable foundation of shared interests and values, including a commitment to a rules-based international order, respect for international law, open economies, and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

The Ministers underscored the importance of advancing cyber security, and committed to supporting the strategic framework for international cyber stability based on the application of existing international law; adherence to voluntary, non-binding norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace in peacetime; and the implementation of confidence building measures, supported by coordinated capacity building programs.

Furthermore, the Ministers affirmed their mutual commitment to promote operationalisation of voluntary, non-binding norms of responsible state behaviour recommended by the report of the 2015 UN Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security.

The meeting also garnered support for the establishment of a new ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Meeting on Security of and in the Use of Information and Communications Technologies (ARF ISM on ICTs) as a dedicated international forum for advancing cyber cooperation among member states.

Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Strategic Dialogue.