US-CHINA CONFLICT | The US-Papua New Guinea(PNG) defense pact

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape (left) speaks as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) looks on during a joint press conference following the US-Pacific Islands Forum at the APEC Haus in Port Moresby on May 22, 2023. (AFP/Andrew Kutan)




The newly signed defense and maritime cooperation agreement between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the United States will not only exacerbate the ongoing great power rivalry in the Asia Pacific region but also give us a cause for concern because we share a border with PNG.

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Depending on the details of the deal, sooner or later the bilateral agreement will affect our national security, for better or worse.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Beijing had no objection to such a form of cooperation, but quickly added, “What we need to be vigilant about is engaging in geopolitical games in the name of cooperation, and we also believe that no cooperation should target any third parties.”


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