Trump’s top men talk up US-Australia alliance Good news...these meetings and statements are usually about cutting through the BS, usually from news outlets...Very cool of the US "the US will not push Australia to conduct freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea." - This is a big concession from the US and shows maturity and understanding - this didn't come from Trump in other words. I can say though that Australia will CONTINUE freedom of navigation exercises with both the US and Britain...Just nice not to be expected to. When we do sail through there, China will know its because we agree with the International family...and not being the US's lap dog. (Which we've never been - despite being regularly accused of it from non western countries for decades.) And we would be the US's attack dog, not a lap dog anyway.