Secretary of state and James Mattis wrap up two days of talks with Julie Bishop and Marise Payne

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the defense secretary, James Mattis, have described the US-Australian alliance as “rock solid” in the face of China’s economic and strategic expansion throughout the Indo-Pacific and President Donald Trump’s harsh treatment of other allies.

Pompeo and Mattis wrapped up two days of Ausmin talks with Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, and defence minister, Marise Payne, at California’s Stanford University on Tuesday.

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