The government of Guam has rejected suggestions Washington is behind the United States territory’s bid to join the Pacific’s peak diplomatic body.
- The Pacific Islands Forum is the main body Pacific nations and territories use to engage and make decisions
- If Guam’s request to join is successful it would be boost the United States’ push for influence in the Pacific
- Pacific expert Tarcisius Kabutaulaka says disagreement over its inclusion could further destabilise the PIF
Experts say the move would place the US “firmly on the inside” of debates about China and other regional matters.
The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), which currently has 17 members, is the primary body through which Pacific nations and territories engage and make decisions at a multilateral level.