U.S. Needs to Renew Pacts With Pacific Island Nations as Bulwark Against China

Congress has a decision to make soon that will affect the nation’s ability to deter China and maintain the U.S. role in the Pacific. Without meaningful action to renew U.S. agreements with several Pacific Island nations, China will be positioned to gain greater leverage and influence across what was once an American lake. A year from now on Sept. 30, 2023, provisions within bilateral compact agreements binding the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia to the U.S. begin to expire. Negotiations are…

US needs to renew pacts with Pacific Island nations as bulwark against China

Congress has a decision to make soon that will affect the nation’s ability to deter China and maintain the U.S. role in the Pacific. Without meaningful action to renew U.S. agreements with several Pacific Island nations , China will be positioned to gain greater leverage and influence across what was once an American lake. IS THIS HOW NUCLEAR WAR STARTS A year from now on Sept. 30, 2023, provisions within bilateral compact agreements binding the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia to…

US promises Pacific island nations a big boost in economic aid to counter China

The new aid package requires approval from Congress and includes a previously flagged $600 million of economic assistance tied to a U.S. tuna treaty with Pacific nations that gives fishing rights to American vessels, according to a document released by the White House. On top of plans to expand the U.S. diplomatic presence in the Pacific, the U.S. said that USAID will establish a regional mission in Fiji by September next year. Another development agency, Peace Corps, will return to the region, starting with Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu. The…

US Needs to Renew Pacts With Pacific Island Nations to Thwart China

Congress has a decision to make soon that will affect the nation’s ability to deter China and maintain the U.S. role in the Pacific. Without meaningful action to renew U.S. agreements with several Pacific Island nations, China will be positioned to gain greater leverage and influence across what was once an American lake. A year from now on Sept. 30, 2023, provisions within bilateral compact agreements binding the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia to the U.S. begin to expire. Negotiations are…

Promoting long-term foodsecurity in Asia Pacific – Manila Bulletin

The 55th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors is currently underway at the ADB headquarters in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Founded in 1966 by 31 member-countries, the multilateral financial institution has grown to comprise 68 member-countries, of which 49 are within Asia and the Pacific. Last September 27, ADB announced plans to provide at least $14 billion over the next three years to ease a worsening regional food crisis and improve long-term food security by strengthening food systems against the impacts of biodiversity loss and…

Japan, Canada Wrap Western Pacific Drills with U.S., USS Tripoli Underway in South China Sea

Noble Raven – JMSDF helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH-183) and destroyer JS Takanami (DD-110), RCN frigate HMCS Vancouver (FFH331) destroyer USS Higgins (DDG-76) and replenishment ship USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) conduct a joint sail during exercise Noble Raven. Japan, Canada and the United States wrapped up Noble Raven 22 this week, an exercise that took place in the waters from Guam to the South China Sea, according to a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force news release. The exercise, which included tactical training, began on Aug. 30 and featured JMSDF helicopter destroyer JS…

USS Higgins (DDG 76) Conducts Operations with Royal Canadian Navy in South China Sea > U.S. Pacific Fleet > News

Vancouver and Higgins conducted bilateral surface action group operations demonstrating interoperability in the execution of joint exercises in the South China Sea and highlighted the U.S. Navy’s support to Canada’s Indo-Pacific deployment and their presence and role in the Western Pacific. “Working with USS Higgins in the South China Sea has been an incredible opportunity for HMCS Vancouver,” said Cmdr. Kevin Whiteside, HMCS Vancouver commanding officer. “The two teams seamlessly integrated, conducting a variety of training exercises together. As part of our deployment on Operation PROJECTION, Team Vancouver has been…

How Navy Decoy Drones Could Thwart China’s War Strategy in the Pacific

Gary Anderson lectures on Wargaming and Red Teaming at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. The opinions expressed in this op-ed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Military.com. If you would like to submit your own commentary, please send your article to opinions@military.com for consideration. Two seemingly disparate events regarding Iran and the Russia-Ukraine war may give us some ideas regarding the future of naval warfare, and could point the way for U.S. conduct in a conflict in the South China…

US’ hasty diplomacy in the Pacific is led with impure intentions, and can’t solve regional problems

US and the Indo-Pacific Illustration: Liu Rui/GT The recent sharp increase in US attention toward Pacific Island countries is a marked contrast to its near-abandonment of the region in previous years. From April, when Daniel Kritenbrink, assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Kurt Campbell, the National Security Council’s Indo-Pacific coordinator, toured the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, to August, when Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman convened a meeting of Pacific Island countries’ representatives in New Zealand, the Western media have frequently reported…

Biden to host Pacific Island leaders as China courts region

Washington – U.S. President Joe Biden will host leaders of Pacific Island nations at a Sept. 28-29 gathering in Washington, the White House said Friday, the latest effort by the United States to step up ties with the region increasingly courted by China. The summit will reflect the United States’ “broadening and deepening cooperation on key issues such as climate change, pandemic response, economic recovery, maritime security, environmental protection, and advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the White House said in a statement. Unable to view this article? This could…