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