Trust Building Pivotal to U.S.–Pacific Islands Relations

The United States is increasingly concerned about the geopolitical complications posed by China’s expanding presence in the Pacific in the past decade. But Washington must prioritize gaining the trust of the Pacific Island countries to ensure meaningful commitment to the region — without Beijing’s initiatives being the key motivation for cooperation.

P AS U.S. President Joe Biden with Pacific Islands Forum leaders at the White House on September 25, 2023. Official White House photo by Adam Schultz