On Monday, the US President welcomed the leaders of most of the Pacific islands to the White House for the second Pacific Islands Summit.

The President of the French Republic did not attend. New Caledonia was represented by the President of the Caledonian Government, Louis Mapou. Polynesia was represented by President Moetaï Brotherson. The aim of the Pacific Islands Summit is to develop cooperation between the Pacific States in order to counter the growing influence of China in the region.

40 million dollars

“We are working with Congress to invest 40 million dollars (4.5 billion CFP francs) in infrastructure projects in the region”, revealed US President Joe Biden. 20 million dollars (2.3 billion CFP francs) will be devoted to the consequences of climate change. The President also officially recognised the Cook Islands and Niue as sovereign and independent states.

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