Australia: Quest for Reassurance

For two decades, Australia has relied on the U.S. as its chief ally in the Pacific. In recent years that tie was immensely strengthened by close personal rapport between President Johnson and Prime Minister Harold Holt. When Holt drowned in the surf off Portsea last December, much of the intuitive understanding between Washington and Canberra died with him. Holt's successor, John Grey Gorton, has been so beset by doubts about the durability of the U.S. commitment to Asia that Australia is considering a complete overhaul of its own defense and foreign policies.

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