In the Solomon Islands, a US agency’s struggles hint at China’s influence

The Peace Corps has yet to return to Pacific island nation more than four years after Washington touted its return.

By Erin Hale Published On 5 Dec 20235 Dec 2023

Taipei, Taiwan – In October 2019, the United States announced that the Peace Corps, the storied volunteer programme established by John F Kennedy, would return to the Solomon Islands after a two-decade absence.

The announcement was the latest in a flurry of moves by Washington to counter China’s growing presence in Pacific island nations like the Solomon Islands, a sparsely populated but strategically located archipelago that lies about 2,000km northeast of Australia.