U.S. plans to embassy Solomon Islands to counter China


Fiji’s Nadi — The United States will open an embassy in the Solomon Islands, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday that more diplomatic and security resources will be sent to the Pacific Ocean as a countermeasure against the greater influence of the Chinese administration. He said he had put it in.

Blinken, held in Fiji for the virtual summit of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) of regional leaders, heard their complaints that they had long been overlooked by the great powers.

“Fiji and all Pacific island nations are an important part of the Indo-Pacific region,” Blinken said in a press conference with Fiji’s deputy Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyu.

Sayed-Khaiyu said Fiji and other Pacific nations are the guardians of the world’s largest maritime continent, which is essential to the well-being of all in the world.

“Nevertheless, Fiji and our small country neighbors sometimes felt that they borrowed American terms like flyover,” he said.

“Even if they’re talking about us, a small spot found on the leader’s plane on their way to a meeting where they’re talking about us, not with us,” he said, and the visit was between the United States. The states and the Pacific added that they wanted to mark the beginning of a more direct relationship.

Blinken flew to Fiji after meetings in Melbourne, USA, Japan, India and Australia. There, the so-called quad promised to deepen cooperation to free the Indo-Pacific region from “force”. China’s economic and military expansion.

“This doesn’t mean we’re here, we’re here, and we’re focused here for security reasons, but it’s much more basic,” Blinken said. “When we look at this area we share, we see it as a future area.”

Military promotion of the Chinese regime

At a briefing on a flight to Fiji, a senior U.S. government official told a travel reporter: [the Chinese communist regime] I want to build military relations in the Pacific Ocean. “

“The most pressing incident right now is what’s happening in the Solomon Islands. Chinese guards are supporting the increasingly besieged president in a way that is causing a lot of anxiety across the region,” officials said. Said.

The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic loyalty from Taiwan to China in 2019.

In November, fierce protests broke out in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, after Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavale refused to talk to protesters traveling from Malaita Province, who were opposed to diplomatic conversion to Beijing.

At Sogavale’s request, about 200 police and soldiers from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea arrived in Honiara within days of the riots.

Sogavare accused the state government of Malaita, the country’s most populous state, as a “Taiwan’s agent” and survived a motion of no confidence in parliament in December.

The Chinese administration later dispatched police advisors to help train Solomon police and equipment such as shields, helmets, and batons.

India pack strategy

Blinken visited Fiji for the first time in 40 years by the U.S. Secretary of State, who invested diplomatic and security resources in the region after the Biden administration announced its strategic outline for the Indo-Pacific. , Chinese administration.

Under the Action Plan for the next 12-24 months, the document states that Washington has “meaningfully expanded” its diplomatic presence in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, covering U.S. military access and emerging Pacific Islands countries. He said he would prioritize the main negotiations. It will stall in the last year.

Richard Clark, a spokesman for the president of the Federated States of Micronesia, one of the island nations, told Reuters that “tremendous progress” is still needed in the talks with Washington.

Reuters

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