Archiv: 2018 APEC

18.11.2018 - 02:12 [ SBS ]

APEC 2018: Mike Pence announces US-Australia military pact to expand PNG naval base

The United States will join forces with Australia in the development of a new naval base to be built in Papua New Guinea, US Vice President Mike Pence has announced.

Mr Pence told an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting the US will contribute to the expansion of the Manus Island facility.

18.11.2018 - 02:01 [ Samoa Observer ]

P.M. Tuilaepa and President Xi in talks

Twenty-four hours after the meeting between the Chinese president and the Pacific leaders, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the 2018 APEC CEO Summit in Port Moresby that America does not want countries in the Indo-Pacific region to fall into the Chinese debt diplomacy, and instead choose U.S. development financing.

“We don’t drown our partners in a sea of debt. We don’t coerce or compromise your independence. We do not offer a constricting belt or a one-way road,” he said, before announcing that the U.S. will partner with Australia and P.N.G. to build a naval base on Manus Island IN P.N.G.