(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
The United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United
Kingdom launched an informal group aimed at boosting economic and
diplomatic ties with Pacific island nations, the White House said,
citing Reuters .
The Biden administration has vowed to commit more resources to
The group, dubbed Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP), will seek
to support Pacific regionalism and strengthen economic ties between
the Pacific islands and the rest of the world.
'We are united in our shared determination to support a region
that benefits the peoples of the Pacific. We are also united in how
we realize this vision -- according to principles of Pacific
regionalism, sovereignty, transparency, accountability, and most of
all, led and guided by the Pacific Islands,' the White House
White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on
Thursday he expects more high-level U.S. officials to visit Pacific
island countries as Washington steps up its engagement to counter
China in the strategically important region.
Campbell said the United States needed more diplomatic
facilities across the region, and more contact with Pacific island
countries that at times 'receive lesser attention.'
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