BLUFFourteen 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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References from the Web:
- SEP 2022 White House Unveils Pacific Islands Strategy at Historic Summit-CSIS
- OCT 2022 What Did the US-Pacific Summit Achieve?-the Diplomat
- OCT 2022 Guam to join Pacific Islands Forum-Islands Business