Reuters reported that the PresidentbidenThis weekend, we will host a second summit with leaders of Pacific Island nations in an effort to win over island nations and preventBeijingExpand influence in the region. According to reports, the United States is expected to formally recognize the Cook Islands and Niue, the region’s small island nation, for the first time, and pledge to provide further infrastructure funding.
Reuters reported that the Pacific island region is of strategic importance.WashingtonI have always considered it my “backyard”. The United States is expected to commit funding for submarine cables and other infrastructure during the three-day meeting. This year’s priorities include climate change, economic development, sustainability, public health and the fight against illegal fishing.
However, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sujawari Sujawari, who has deepened ties with Beijing in recent years, will not attend this year’s summit. A senior Biden administration official said the United States is disappointed.
Biden held his first summit with Pacific island leaders at the White House last year, and was originally expected to gather again in the island nation of Papua New Guinea in May. However, Washington was facing a debt ceiling crisis at the time, causing Biden to end his Asia trip early.
Last year, 14 Pacific island countries attended the conference, where Washington promised to help them resist Beijing’s “economic pressure” and proposed a joint declaration to strengthen the partnership and claim Said that all countries share ideals that allow democracy to flourish in the region.
Reuters quoted US officials as saying that leaders of various island nations will visit US Coast Guard ships docked in Baltimore on the 24th and receive briefings from US Coast Guard officials on combating illegal fishing. They will also attend an NFL game on the same day. , Many NFL players have Pacific Island backgrounds.