Caroline Kennedy plans to keep her “family legacy” as US Ambassador to Australia.

US Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former US President John F. Kennedy, said she wants to use her trip to Australia to support her “family legacy”.
Ms. Kennedy arrived in Sydney on Friday morning after her US Senate unanimously confirmed her position as ambassador in May and she was sworn in on June 10.

“My family’s legacy is something I’m really proud of and I try to live up to it,” she told reporters after landing.

“I think the fact that this means something to people all over the world makes me really proud of it and I want to be worthy of it and do everything in my power to continue the values ​​that my father”.
The new ambassador vowed to focus on regional security, economic participation and climate change in the face of a more assertive China.
“Everyone is so excited to work together in the Quad and in the Pacific,” she told reporters after landing.

“China certainly has a big presence here in the region, but our partnership is what I will be focusing on. We have a big agenda and I can’t wait to get started.”

“Great Attention” to the Indo-Pacific

Although the post of US ambassador to Australia has been vacant for about 18 months, Ms. Kennedy said the US is once again focusing on the Pacific.
“Of course, a lot of attention is being paid to this now. This is a critical area in the region,” she said.

“The US needs to do more. We’re taking back our embassies, the Peace Corps is coming, and USAID is coming back.

“We haven’t been there for a while, but it’s all extremely positive. The US and Australia working together will have a big, big impact.”
When questioned, Ms. Kennedy jokingly scolded a male reporter for talking about a female journalist.

Did you just talk about a woman? she asked, followed by a chorus of laughter.

Miss Kennedy will formally present her credentials to the Governor General on Monday.

Security issues

The ambassador’s arrival coincided with a national address by the former head of the US National Security Agency.
Former Admiral Michael Rogers will address the National Press Club on cybersecurity and the cyber threats posed by Russia and China, and how the AUKUS trilateral security alliance can meet the challenge.
The retired four-star admiral also led US Cyber ​​Command under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Before the speech, Mr. Rogers told ABC that Australia and the US were committed to acquiring nuclear submarines as soon as possible through the tripartite security alliance AUKUS.

“The good news is that this is clearly the intention of both the US government and the Australian government, we want to aggressively meet the deadline,” he said.
Mr. Rogers added that the shift in priorities has also led to a renewed pivot to the Indo-Pacific.
“For a long time, especially in the aftermath of 9/11, the US has been grappling with a counterterrorism challenge that has not been centered in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.
“This focus required resources, time, attention, bandwidth decisions of the leaders. We have shifted that focus.
“But we have to recognize that circumstances have changed. The Indo-Pacific remains the cornerstone of the future for this world and we must be fully integrated.”

Additional report by Rayane Tamer.