US Congress to establish Pacific Caucus

Journalists from over 10 Pacific Island countries participating in a United States tour through the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program with Congressman Ed Case. Picture: SUPPLIED

CLIMATE change will impact the United States in a range of ways but the consequences of the changing climate that is drawing increased attention in the US is the risk it poses to national security, not only to America but to the Pacific as well.

The security warnings are magnified in the Pacific because America is not exactly sure what China’s long-term ambition in the region truly is.

A group of journalists from the Pacific visiting Capitol Hill in Washington DC heard those in the corridors of power say over and over again that they did not believe China’s interest in the Pacific was purely for economic gain.

Pacific Caucus The journalists were told that in a bid to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific — and to emphasise the importance of the Pacific region — the US Congress has for the first time established a Pacific Caucus.

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