With Covid rattling economy of majority of nations.
Islands with no recorded Covid-19 cases, have some of the most obese inhabitants. But the economy (fishing/tourism) has come to a halt. Palau, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu,Samoa,Vanuatu,Tonga.
Micronesia – with a frugal population of about 113,000 long been stuck diplomatic tug-of-war between the world’s biggest economic powers as China takes on U.S. influence in a region Washington has considered its backyard since mid 40s.
China and the United States (US) continued to squabble at the United Nations, one of the smallest states in the world, Micronesia, called on both sides to practice restraint.
“Micronesia asks our American and Chinese friends to reinforce their cooperation and friendship with each other to achieve what is best for our global community,” the Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo told the UN General Assembly in a video address.
Micronesia – with a population of about 113,000 – and its Pacific Island neighbours have long been stuck in a diplomatic tug-of-war between the world’s biggest economic powers as China takes on US influence in a region Washington has considered its backyard since World War Two.
During his Friday address to the gathering of world leaders – pre-recorded due to the pandemic – Panuelo acknowledged that competition had been beneficial for some people in the Pacific.
But he warned that the efforts “also potentially threaten to fracture long-standing alliances within our Pacific community, and could become counterproductive to our collective desire for regional solidarity, security, and stability.”
The US-Chinese showdown is now playing out at the 193-member United Nations, where Beijing has pushed for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to traditional US leadership. Tensions between the two superpowers have hit boiling point at the world body over the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Micronesia’s plea stood out during the annual – yet virtual – gathering of world leaders at the United Nations this week because while most countries called for unity to combat COVID-19, other references to the US and Chinese frictions were generally oblique.