Both the U.S. and Australia Are Adamant the Pacific ‘Matters.’ But Only One Is Really Moving the Dial

U.S. interest in the Pacific Islands seemingly centers on China and fishing, while Australia has taken an important step towards becoming an actual Pacific nation

FIJI POLITICS DIPLOMACY Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (front) takes a selfie with fellow leaders during the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva on July 14, 2022. (Photo: William West/Pool/AFP)