Biden boosts Pacific climate aid, but region remains ‘cautious’ over defence outreach amid US-China rivalry

Washington’s plan to deepen diplomatic engagement with Pacific Island nations comes as concerns grow about China’s expanding influence in the region. Photo: AP/ File

Biden boosts Pacific climate aid, but region remains ‘cautious’ over defence outreach amid US-China rivalry | South China Morning Post (scmp.com)

Maria Siow Published: 8:45pm, 11 Oct, 2022

  • Washington’s plan to deepen diplomatic engagement comes as concerns grow about China’s expanding influence in the Pacific
  • One analyst believes Pacific Island nations are likely to continue to leverage ties with both the US and China to push for action on climate change

The US strategy to strengthen ties with Pacific nations is expected to go some way in helping the region tackle its challenges even as the support may appear modest compared to China’s, analysts said, but any efforts to undertake defence cooperation would be less welcomed.

Last month, after hosting a summit with leaders of the region, the United States released its first strategy for ties with Pacific nations, pledging to help them fight climate change and rebuff what it called China’s “economic coercion”.

The summit marked the first time Washington hosted leaders of a region it had considered its maritime backyard since World War II, but is now a place where China has made steady advances.

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