US Unveils 'Big-Dollar' Deal with Pacific Island Nations

Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • On Thursday, the White House launched a Pacific strategy aimed at strengthening US engagement with Pacific Island nations. The initiative focuses on climate change and maritime security while expanding US diplomatic presence in the region.

  • The plan strives to make an $810M investment to expand programs to aid the region. Leaders reportedly endorsed an 11-point vision statement committing to joint activities.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

This summit is doomed to fail. The US approach to the Pacific Islands is disjointed - motivated only by the fear of China's regional influence. After neglecting the "Blue Pacific Continent" for decades, the US can't deliver the needed level of assistance. Importantly, US military presence isn't wanted in Pacific Island societies.

Pro-establishment narrative

Beijing's influence over the South Pacific has indeed inspired Washington to redouble its regional diplomatic efforts, but the US has long been interested in Oceania. The US is a Pacific Ocean country itself and has close relationships with the "Freely Associated States" and other countries. By hosting this summit, the US is stepping up as a vital Pacific partner.

Establishment split



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