Biden calls up Pacific Island nations for serious talk — Analysis
This event is planned after Beijing reached a broad diplomatic and security arrangement with Solomon Islands
The White House announced that US President Joe Biden will host a meeting with Pacific Island countries to strengthen cooperation in security and climate change issues. “free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Officials dubbed it the “first ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit,”Washington, DC will host the September 28th and 29th events. The White House made this announcement on Friday.
“The Summit will demonstrate the United States’ deep and enduring partnership with Pacific Island countries and the Pacific region that is underpinned by shared history, values, and people-to-people ties,”It stated in a statement that it would attend the meeting. “reflect our broadening and deepening cooperation on key issues such as climate change, pandemic response, economic recovery, maritime security, environmental protection, and advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
The conference will include representatives from Pacific countries, although it isn’t yet known who they are. This announcement follows Washington’s attempts to improve relations with the region. A number of pledges were made by senior State Department officials during their April visit to Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea. These commitments included vows to reopen US embassy in Solomons. “advance initiatives”The three countries are concerned with climate change, healthcare and other issues.
After the closure of its Solomon Islands compound in 1993, the US has maintained diplomatic relations with Vanuatu, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea via a single embassy in the capital. Vanuatu did not receive a US Embassy.
In June, moreover, the US joined the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to launch the ‘Partners in the Blue Pacific’ initiative, which aims to “forge closer connections with Pacific governments.”
These efforts to improve relations follow a significant security and diplomatic agreement between China and the Solomons in April. This prompted the White House warnings about the possibility of a long-term Chinese military presence within the region. Beijing denied such plans.
A tiny nation in the Pacific asserts itself between China and America
Following an incident that occurred on August 23, when an American Coast Guard ship asked permission to stop for fuel and dock in the Solomon islands, the Solomon islands imposed an immediate ban on foreign naval vessels docking at its ports. Manasseh, Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister, stated that the ban would allow them to review their docking procedures. This was in response to John Kirby (US National Security Council spokesperson) complaining about Washington. “disappointed”At the incident
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