Mr. Biden meets for the first time with Pacific island nations

President Biden hosted the first summit between the United States and many Pacific island nations this week, focusing on cooperation between the parties.

In a speech at the US State Department on September 29 with leaders of Pacific island nations, President Joe Biden said “the greatest deal in our history will be written in the Indo-Pacific. Ocean in the years and decades to come”.

“The Pacific island nations are an important voice in shaping the future here. That’s why my administration prioritizes strengthening our partnership with your nations,” said President Biden. confirm.

On the same day, President Biden received leaders of Pacific island nations, joined a reception and took photos together. A senior Biden administration official said that Pacific island leaders will meet US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on September 29, along with other US lawmakers, as well as business groups at the Chamber of Commerce. American trade.

US President Joe Biden at an event in Washington, D.C. on September 28.  Photo: AP.

US President Joe Biden at an event in Washington, D.C. on September 28. Image: AP.

The summit began on September 28 when Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted leaders of Pacific island nations at the US State Department headquarters, as well as attended many events with a number of senior officials in the administration. Biden, including Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and US Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

Leaders or representatives of Pacific island nations invited to the summit came from the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands , Tonga, Tuvalu, Nauru and Vanuatu. Australia, New Zealand and the Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum attended as observers.

The White House announced on September 28, “The United States has directly provided more than $1.5 billion in support of the Pacific Islands over the past decade, and today we are announcing more than $810 million in additional funding for Pacific Islander programs.” extension”.

The White House also issued a nine-point statement outlining commitments focused on supporting the US-Pacific partnership, building US capacity in the region, working with allies and partners, and climate. , economics, maritime security and cooperation, cybersecurity and connectivity, Covid-19 and health security, war aftermath.

The Biden administration announced the US-Pacific Island Strategy on September 28. The strategy includes efforts to expand US diplomatic missions in the Pacific and a commitment to deploy more personnel to the region.

The strategy also established the first US mission to the Pacific Islands Forum and made a number of climate commitments, increasing the presence of the coast guard, the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of State. American rooms in the region.

“The purpose of the document is to make things clearly align with our larger framework goals. This is specifically aimed at concerns and goals in the Pacific in general,” a senior official said. The summit was aimed at “addressing the toughest challenges in the Pacific,” the US high said.

The summit between the US and the Pacific island nations was held in the context of China’s deepening relations with the region. China in April signed a security treaty with the Solomon Islands, promising cooperation in trade and education.

Although China denied that it would establish a military base on the Solomon Islands, the US and Australia still expressed concern after the announcement of the security agreement between the two sides.

Nguyen Tien (Theo CNN)

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