Australia's new Foreign Minister, Penny Wong, has said she would work hard to maintain Australia's influence in the Pacific and highlighted the government's focus on continued economic support for the region.
This article by Prianka Srinivasan, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
- Senator Wong said Australia's new government had a clear message for its Pacific neighbours—' We are listening, and we have heard you.'
- She said climate action was one of the areas the government was determined to make a difference, and that was something Pacific Islander nations had wanted for years.
- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is on an eight-nation tour of the Pacific to secure a sweeping regional deal on security and trade.
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