Australia’s new government has received favorable feedback from Pacific island leaders on its diplomatic engagement, according to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, as he focuses on a region where China is increasing its influence.
China intends to build on a security deal it recently inked with the Solomon Islands, which has disturbed the US and its allies, who are concerned about a bigger Chinese military presence in an area they have dominated for decades.
When questioned about the reaction of Pacific leaders to his government’s stance, Albanese stated in a television interview broadcast on Sunday, “The answer has been quite good.”
Albanese has stated that plans for the Pacific include a defense training school, more aid, and a re-engagement on climate change.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, more than 100 Australian defense professionals will travel to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for a joint military exercise, as well as to assist the country in combating cyber threats and organizing a general election.