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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

A U.S. diplomatic offensive to counter China's growing clout in the Pacific Islands appears to be paying dividends, with three agreements sealed within 48 hours.

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... The big picture: The Biden administration has focused far more attention on the Pacific islands -- new embassies, more aid, several high-level visits -- since a security pact between China and the Solomon Islands spooked Washington last year.

- - - The recent agreements with Papua New Guinea (PNG), Palau and Micronesia underscore that, for now, "it's still a heavily U.S.-leaning region," says Derek Grossman, a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. ...

Flashback: In an extraordinary letter last year, then-Micronesia President David Panuelo accused Chinese officials of bribery and intimidation and warned that Beijing wanted to dominate the region. Beijing denied the claims. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-05-23 03:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Dark Brandon strikes.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2023-05-23 03:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Isn't PNG one of the few places where there are still cannibal tribes?

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2023-05-23 08:42 PM | Reply

#3 My father was in the pacific in WWII...they were on New Guinea when they came across a tribe of cannibals...they had three Japanese prisoners, their legs arms and ribs all broken as they were being prepared to be cooked. Sgt told the squad to just keep moving along, nothing to see.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2023-05-24 08:15 AM | Reply

NIXON
Thank you for posting that. War is not "interesting" in microcosm: it's effin horrifying.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2023-05-24 08:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Biden's maneuvers tend to usually fly under the radar. He has been surprisingly effective.

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2023-05-24 12:57 PM | Reply

"Isn't PNG one of the few places where there are still cannibal tribes?"

Yes.

Years ago when I was flying bombers, we would take jets down to Australia from Guam to drop bombs.

PNG is like Kong Island. Its a beautiful day out over the Pacific Ocean, until you get close to PNG. It was always covered in angry looking clouds with the occasional flash of lightning. And there is no ATC out there. It is procedural control only, talking to whomever you can on an HF radio.

We used to joke that if we did have to eject, we would likely be eaten by cannibals. And even if the cannibals are just a myth, it was still the spookiest place I ever came across.

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2023-05-24 02:02 PM | Reply

#4 | POSTED BY NIXON AT 2023-05-24 08:15 AM | FLAG:

Pretty sure that's what happened to David Rockefeller's son.

#8 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2023-05-24 02:26 PM | Reply

Would love to read a write up for the PNG visit and deal making process. How many animal hides and glass beads were exchanged?
(Flag: This comment is in poor taste and is writ in jest).

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2023-05-24 06:07 PM | Reply

The deal with the Philippines is also a huge partnership for the area

#10 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2023-05-24 06:08 PM | Reply

^
Is it "exciting" to you like brexit was?

#11 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2023-05-24 06:19 PM | Reply

#3 My father was in the pacific in WWII...they were on New Guinea when they came across a tribe of cannibals...they had three Japanese prisoners, their legs arms and ribs all broken as they were being prepared to be cooked. Sgt told the squad to just keep moving along, nothing to see.

#4 | Posted by Nixon

My uncle led the first radar company in New Guinea. They set up on the beach. They'd traded a case of whiskey with the floating plane crew who dropped them there for a movie projector and some movies.

That day, they made a movie screen of woven palm fronds and set it up so they were facing the water. As the movie ran, one of his men poked him and whispered, "don't look now but we have company!" Moments later, when he turned around to take a peek, he saw cannibal faces at the edge of the dense jungle, "their eyes as big as dinner plates ... thinking we were gods because of the movie. That probably saved us from being eaten." LOL

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2023-05-25 05:37 PM | Reply

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