Indo-Pacific Defense Forum reports on promised new initiatives…the U.S. will:
- Establish U.S. embassies in Kiribati and Tonga.
- Ask the U.S. Congress to commit U.S. $60 million annually for the next 10 years for fisheries assistance. That’s almost triple the current U.S. funding for the South Pacific Tuna Treaty.
- Appoint a U.S. envoy to the PIF, which White House officials view as the region’s preeminent leadership body.
- Establish a U.S. strategy on the Pacific Islands, which will complement the nation’s Indo-Pacific Strategy released in February 2022.
- Return Peace Corps volunteers to the Pacific islands.
- Work toward reestablishing a Pacific mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Fiji.
- Advance the Partners in the Blue Pacific, a multilateral bloc formed in 2022 and comprised of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the U.S., to promote Pacific interests internationally.
(Seems like France should also be a member of Partners in the Blue Pacific.)
The US Coast Guard will certainly have a role in executing these initiatives, including continued cooperation in countering Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported (IUU) fishing, capacity building, and assignment of Coast Guard attaches to facilitate cooperation.
A base in American Samoa is looking more likely all the time.