BLUFThis article argues that the United States will be opening an embassy in the Solomon Islands for an ‘on the ground ‘presence to counter Chinese influence
This article from ABC news makes the following points concerning the Solomon Islands:
- The US will open an embassy, initially with seven staff.
- Currently, US diplomats from Papua New Guinea are accredited to the Solomon Islands.
- There was a US embassy in Honiara from 1988-1993.
- It’s the largest Pacific Island nation without a US Embassy.
- Builds on links established in WW2.
- Part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy of the US.
- The US Peace Corps plans to return.
- Some US Government Departments will have a Solomon Islands desk
- China "aggressively seeks to engage" elite politicians and business people in the Solomon Islands.
Worth noting and remembering
- US Secretary of State Blinken met with Pacific Island leaders to discuss the climate crisis, COVID-19 and disaster assistance in Fiji.
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References from the Web:
- FEB 2022 If Blinken’s visit to Fiji aims to curtail Chinese influence, he has his work cut out for him |The Guardian
- FEB 2022 US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken arrives in Fiji |RNZ
- FEB 2022 Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Acting Fijian Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum At a Joint Press Availability
Source Information ABC Australia
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