United States and China set to be excluded from Pacific Islands Forum meeting to avoid 'distraction'

United States and China set to be excluded from Pacific Islands Forum meeting to avoid 'distraction'

United States and China set to be excluded from Pacific Islands Forum meeting to avoid 'distraction' The Pacific's peak diplomatic body looks set to exclude the United States, China and several other major countries from a crucial leaders meeting in Fiji next month in a move that could help shelter the gathering from intensifying geostrategic competition buffeting the region. Key points: - Officials want to ensure that Pacific leaders can make decisions without powerful outside influences - Australia will attend, and has already flagged the Solomon Island's security pact for discussion - Leaders are expected to endorse an agreement to stop Micronesia from splitting from the forum The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders meeting is due to be held in Fiji's capital Suva in mid-July. Australia is a full member …
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