US Strikes Partnership With Pacific Island Leaders At Historic Summit

"US official says Pacific leaders endorsed joint statement one day after leaked documents showed discord among the group over proposals".

"The United States said at a summit with Pacific island leaders that it had agreed on a partnership for the future with them and held out the prospect of “big dollar” help to a region where it hopes to stem China’s expanding influence.

The Washington Post quoted US officials as saying the Biden administration would announce it would invest more than $860m in expanded programs to aid the islands at the two-day summit, on top of more than $1.5bn provided in the past decade.

The White House had no immediate comment on the funding figure, but a US official said the newspaper’s reporting that all the visiting leaders had endorsed an 11-point statement of vision committing to joint endeavours was accurate."

The Guardian had the story September 28, 2022.

Source: Guardian, 09/30/2022