United States pledges stepping-up cabinet-level visits to Pacific nations that get ‘lesser attention’

White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell says he expects to see more U.S. cabinet-level officials visit Pacific island nations as the United States steps up its engagement in the region to counter China.

Speaking at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington, Campbell said the United States needed more diplomatic facilities in the region and more contact with the island nations of the Pacific which “sometimes receive less attention”.

“And I think you’ll see more senior cabinet-level officials going to the Pacific as we move forward. So, again, direct engagement – ​​recognizing that nothing really replaces diplomatic boots in the field,” said Mr. Campbell.

US President Joe Biden’s administration has pledged to commit more resources to the Indo-Pacific as China has strengthened economic, military and police ties with strategically important Pacific island nations hungry for investment. strangers.

Beijing’s growing influence has been underscored by its security pact with the Solomon Islands this year, a move that has stoked concerns in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

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