The flags representing the 18 member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum. Palau has announced it is leaving, and more nations could follow. Photo: AFP
The flags representing the 18 member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum. Palau has announced it is leaving, and more nations could follow. Photo: AFP
Diplomacy

Rift among Pacific islands deals blow to regional unity, stokes fears China will benefit

  • Five of the Pacific Islands Forum’s 18 members have announced plans to withdraw, dealing a blow to collective efforts to tackle problems such as climate change
  • In a region where Australia, the US and China are jostling for influence, there are concerns that disarray presents an opportunity for Beijing

The flags representing the 18 member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum. Palau has announced it is leaving, and more nations could follow. Photo: AFP
The flags representing the 18 member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum. Palau has announced it is leaving, and more nations could follow. Photo: AFP
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