Joint US-Australian naval base on Manus Island a ‘significant pushback’ against China’s Pacific ambitions – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mike Pence and Peter O'Neill sit on brown leather chairs, in discussion, in front of PNG and US flags.

Remember when Abbott was called the Pivot… he cut foreign aid and went to Europe and the Middle East (ODT)

Key points:

  • Analyst says the redeveloped naval base represents a pushback against Chinese ambitions in the region
  • US Vice President Mike Pence spoke about the ‘great connection’ between the US and PNG
  • The US, China and Australia have all been vying for influence in the Pacific

Plans to host US warships at a redeveloped naval base on Manus Island will undermine China’s plans to establish a military presence in the Pacific, says one analyst. Scott Morrison says PNG asked the US and Australia to get involved, as the countries vie for influence in the region.

Source: Joint US-Australian naval base on Manus Island a ‘significant pushback’ against China’s Pacific ambitions – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)