Australia to Help Fix Internet for Pacific Countries to Counter China


It is also part of Australia’s “step up” in the Pacific, aimed at countering China’s growing influence in the region.

Over the past decade, China has loaned hundreds of millions of dollars to Pacific countries for various projects, including mobile phone networks.

In response, Australia has increased its investments and partnerships, committing $ 300 million earlier this year for infrastructure projects in the region, including telecommunications, health and transport projects to help countries get together. recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Payne traveled to Britain for the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ meeting, which also included participants from other countries associated with Southeast Asian nations. Growth and security in the Indo-Pacific were at the heart of the meeting, along with equitable access to vaccines.

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At the summit, Senator Payne and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a bilateral meeting to discuss the region. Senator Blinken said it has been a “great year” for work between Australia and the United States, including the AUKUS agreement as well as “extremely important focus and coordination on a whole range of issues” .

The meeting covered several topics, including the importance of working with regional partners on projects such as the Micronesian Maritime Cable, working together to counter economic coercion and cooperating to support stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Senator Payne said the United States is a vital partner on several fronts and the country’s engagement in the region is appreciated by Japan and India as well.

“We have achieved a lot in 2021, from the announcement of UKUS, a very important trilateral partnership that Australia has with the US and UK and the results of our first Quad leaders meeting in person, ”she said.

“They are now cemented in our future, whether it is the Quad, whether it is AUKUS. And the concrete that is the Australia-US alliance for us underlies all of these efforts. “

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