WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden, his administration pledging to help stave off China’s “economic coercion,” promised Pacific island leaders on Thursday to work harder with allies and partners to address their needs.
After a two-day Washington summit, the United States and leaders and representatives from 14 Pacific island states issued a joint declaration resolving to strengthen their partnership and saying that they shared a vision for a region where “democracy will be able to flourish.”
Washington this year vowed to open embassies in Kiribati, Tonga and the Solomons.
Reporting by Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom; Additional reporting by Jarrett Renshaw, Kirsty Needham, and Eduardo Baptista in Beijing; Editing by Gerry Doyle, Howard Goller and William Mallard
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