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Washington Establishing New Military Access In Papua New Guinea

Last May, the new agreement signed with Papua New Guinea’s parliament authorized “unimpeded access” to Washington. Here is an overview of the agreement.

Representatives from Papua New Guinea pose with aircrew from a C-17 Globemaster III during a tour at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Feb. 9, 2023. Photo by Senior Airman Makensie Cooper | DVIDS ~"Deal signed last month gives US ‘exclusive use’ of parts of bases, as Palau PM says he has asked US to step up patrols after Chinese incursions into its waters.

The US military can develop and operate out of bases in Papua New Guinea, according to a landmark security pact that is part of Washington’s efforts to outflank China in the Pacific.

The full text of the deal was tabled in Papua New Guinea’s parliament on Wednesday evening and obtained by AFP, shedding light on details that have been closely guarded since the pact was signed in May.

With PNG’s agreement, the US will be able to station troops and vessels at six key ports and airports, including Lombrum naval base on Manus Island and facilities in the capital, Port Moresby.

Washington would have 'unimpeded access' to the sites to 'pre-position equipment, supplies and materiel', and have 'exclusive use' of some base zones, where development and “construction activities” could be carried out.

The agreement opens the door to Washington establishing a new military footprint in the western Pacific, at a time of growing rivalry with Beijing." ~

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