Statement from NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on US Consultations with Australia, Japan and New Zealand in Honolulu
On April 18, National Security Council Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink convened a meeting in Honolulu with the US Navy Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of US Indo-Pacific Command and senior officials from Australia, Japan and New Zealand on developments in the Pacific Islands. In Honolulu, officials reaffirmed the enduring and shared commitment of the four countries to the Pacific Islands. The United States has resolved to intensify its engagement in the region to address the challenges of the 21st century, from maritime security and economic development to the climate crisis and COVID-19. We will do this in an ever-closer partnership with Pacific island nations, including through a United Pacific Islands Forum; and with like-minded countries within and beyond the region, including in Europe. Officials from the four countries represented also shared concerns about a proposed security framework between the Solomon Islands and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its serious risks to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The meeting was part of the United States’ regular and extensive consultations with its allies and partners on the Indo-Pacific and is part of the trip announced this week by the senior administration to Hawaii, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.