The United States Institute of Peace, an independent think tank established by the U.S. Congress, says the U.S. should strengthen its commitment to Pacific Island states with strong historical ties to the USA.
This article by Kirsty Needham, writing for Reuters, makes the following points:
- The report was released ahead of a meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and a dozen Pacific island leaders this month (September).
- The Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau are known as Freely Associated States (FAS) after signing compacts in the late 1980s that give the U.S. defence responsibility and the right to military bases.
- The compacts, which expire in 2023 and 2024, are being renegotiated. The report warns that these states could look to China for funding if negotiations fail.
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