President Joe Biden promises the Pacific leaders the US is working to strengthen ties, as Washington unveils plans to counter China’s influence in the region.
Biden vows to address Pacific island needs
President Joe Biden has told Pacific Island leaders the US is committed to bolstering its presence in their region and becoming a more collaborative partner as they face the “existential threat” of climate change.
The president addressed the leaders who gathered in Washington for a summit as the White House looks to improve relations in the Pacific amid growing US concern about China’s growing military and economic influence.
“A great deal of history of our world is going to be written in the Indo-Pacific over the coming years and decades,” Biden said at the start of a meeting with island leaders at the State Department.
“And the Pacific Islands are a critical voice in shaping the future, and that’s why my administration has made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with your countries.”