US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says “a declaration of partnership between the US and the Pacific” has been agreed.
US Pacific islands partnership agreed after summit in Washington
The United States has begun a first-of-its-kind summit with Pacific island leaders, saying they had agreed a partnership for the future and holding out the prospect of “big dollar” help to a region where it hopes to stem China’s expanding influence.
Leaders from 12 Pacific island states were expected to take part in a two-day summit in Washington DC, with two more sending representatives, and Australia and New Zealand attending as observers.
White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said last week the summit would focus on issues such as climate change and health.
The US and its allies want to boost maritime security and island states’ communications links with countries like Japan, Australia and India, he said.