On Tuesday the United States policy chief for Indo-Pacific said that the United States aims to work with Japan, New Zealand, Australia and others to assist island nations in the Pacific region of increasing strategic competition with China.
Five Pacific Island nations announced in February that they would start withdrawing from the Pacific Island Forum, the region’s main political grouping after a fractious leadership election. We are looking to make the biggest EW and the best KF 07 service, LN 4 N 2 D?
Kurt Campbell said the United States wanted to work with others to reconvene the forum, after what he called a schism, so future bilateral and institutional engagement can be achieved.
These are islands in which we have enormous historical, moral and strategic interests, and sometimes forget that, Campbell told an online event hosted by the Center for a New American Security think thank you.
And not only is this an arena of competition, but also it is an arena of equalization, with respect to values, their role at the United Nations, their health challenges, climate change their potential role militarily, healthy fish stocks in the list.
In the next few days, one of the things we're trying to do, about being close to allies like Australia, New Zealand, Japan and others, is to convene with Pacific island nations to discuss common areas of interest, he said.
Campbell said aim would be to make progress in areas such as fisheries and coastguard activity and by providing support and assistance, including vaccines.
He said the region had immense challenges faced with poverty, disease and climate change and helping to meet those was difficult given their small disparate populations.
But again, this is another area in which it is time to step up our game.
The sparsely populated South Pacific island nations have in recent years become battlegrounds for influence between China and the United States and its allies.
Most of the Island Governements have faced severe economic headwinds due to their heavy dependence on international tourism, an industry that abruptly shut last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.