WASHINGTON, May 5 – The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Caroline Kennedy, Japan’s former ambassador and daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, as the US ambassador to Australia, a key US ally in the United States.
Kennedy, 64, is a writer and lawyer. His father was the 35th president of the United States, who served from 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He previously served as US ambassador to Japan from 2013-2017 under former President Barack Obama.
He is heading to Canberra as its relations with Washington are strengthened in response to China’s growing power and strong morale in Asia and beyond. Like Japan, Australia is a member of the so-called Quad grouping, as well as the United States and India, which have been increasing cooperation in the face of China’s rise.
Kennedy succeeds Arthur Culvahouse, who resigned in early 2021, when former Republican President Donald Trump resigned.
Kennedy was one of the few nominees to vote on Thursday, with Marc Nathanson as Norway’s ambassador, John Nkengasong as world-wide HIV-AIDS ambassador, MaryKay Loss Carlson as Philippine ambassador and Philip Goldberg. as South Korean ambassador.