VIRTUAL WEB SUMMIT ON JUNE 28, 2021
It is my honor to have been given the opportunity by Dr. Rieko Hayakawa of Japan, a renowned scholar and maritime security expert with over 30 years experience working with Pacific Island Countries, to promote the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders Summit, which will be a virtual event on June 28, 2021. Many countries in this region are represented, but unfortunately the United States has not yet designated our representative.
The most appropriate United States official to coordinate our participation is Admiral John Aquilino of Indo-Pacific Command, based here in Hawaii. He was previously Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet and is eminently knowledgeable in American interests in this region.
STATEMENT BY DR. RIEKO HAYAKAWA
Urgent Appeal for the 9th Island Summit
As the ninth Japan-hosted Island Summit approaches, interest in the security of the region has grown dramatically, and the United States, which has had a diminished presence in the region since the end of the Cold War, has taken the lead in promoting security and peace in the region.
On the other hand, this month, May 2021, young lives were lost in the Solomon Islands. They were victims of unexploded ordnance left behind by Japan and the United States in the Second World War.
We hope that Japan and the United States will take the lead in tackling this problem. Japan is already disposing of unexploded ordnance in Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, and we hope that Japan will further cooperate with the United States to protect the lives of the islanders.
We would like to make an urgent appeal to the United States to participate in this island summit in the form of an observer and to provide a forum to discuss this issue and other areas where the Pacific island countries, the United States and Japan can work together to create a more secure future for the region.
17 May 2021
Indo-Pacific Studies and friends
Petitioners (no particular order)
Cleo Paskal (non-resident senior fellow at FDD focusing on the Indo-Pacific region)
David Ware (Retired U.S. Customs Officer/Analyst, Intel Focus on Pacific, Border & National Security)
Rieko Hayakawa (PhD)
- The official logo for the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM9), which will be held in the week of 28th June this year, has been selected.
- The creator is Ms. Chittraphorn Charbkan, who works as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) at Shima City Government, in Mie Prefecture, Japan. The official logo symbolizes the Pacific Ocean connecting Japan and Pacific islands with a palm tree and an island in the blue background. The palm tree and the sun represent number “9” for the 9th PALM meeting. In addition, the semicircles symbolize rias coasts of Shima City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
- The official logo will be used in the events which are recognized to contribute to the promotion of people-to-people exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and Pacific islands countries.
Japan and Pacific island countries (PICs) are important, longstanding partners, sharing the Pacific Ocean and addressing common challenges. In order to further enhance this partnership with the PICs, Japan has been hosting Summit-level meeting named Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) every three years since 1997.
Japan and PICs have been building close cooperative relationships, forging the bond of friendship through candid discussion at PALMs. Leaders openly discuss various issues such as the challenges regarding their small size and land distribution over a wide area, distance from major international markets, and the vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.
Leaders from seventeen countries including Japan take part in PALM.
Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu
AMERICA MUST BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR TO OUR PACIFIC ALLIES
If the United States defaults and does not participate in this forum, we are missing a golden opportunity to work with our friends in this vital region of the world. Even as the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army Navy expands its hegemony throughout the Pacific Basin, America must let our friends here know that our security and theirs coincide.
The 50th State of Hawaii is here in the Pacific as are the current United States territories of Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands [CNMI] and American Samoa. There are three sovereign island nations with Compacts of Free Association [CFA] with the United States: Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Solomon Islands and Republic of Kiribati have been lured away from recognizing Taiwan and put under the orbit of Beijing. China is rebuilding a satellite tracking station on Tarawa and a landing strip southwest of Hawaii on Canton Island in Kiribati. You can read more about that here:
President Biden, Secretary of Defense Austin, Secretary of State Blinken and the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee need to pay due attention and provide the appropriate high level representative at the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting on June 28, 2021.
As the knowledgeable and authoritative official based here in the region, Admiral Aquilino is herewith called upon to coordinate our American participation.
I recommend that you all follow Dr. Hayakawa in Twitter @riekohayakawa. Yours truly can also be found in Twitter @Mvskoke808.
Previous Articles by David Ware and Dr. Rieko Hayakawa
The United States and Japan must support Australia’s Compact for Pacific Islands
April 30, 2020
Another presidential election in the Pacific at the same time as the US elections
March 10, 2020
Heart of darkness of island society
October 22, 2019
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