Fourteen Pacific Island states made a historic joint declaration with the US in the US's attempt to counter growing Chinese influence. Respect for Pacific Island States' sovereignty was likely a key reason the Island States accepted the proposal.


Melissa Maykin and Prianka Srinivasan, writing in ABC News, make the following points:
  • The US told the Pacific Island States that the US is committed to addressing climate change, advancing economic growth, improving peace and security, and bolstering Pacific regionalism in a $180 million package. 
  • Ultimately, the Solomon Islands supported the agreement after references to China were removed.
  • Face-to-face meetings focused on what the US needs to do to re-engage with the Pacific—contrasted with previous Chinese approaches.


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