US President Joe Biden says he will visit Papua New Guinea in May following the G7 meeting in Japan.
Biden to visit Papua New Guinea after Japan G7 meeting
US President Joe Biden will become the first US sitting president to visit Papua New Guinea this month with a trip following the G7 in Japan, marking the administration’s investment in the Pacific region to counter China.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden would meet Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape and other Pacific Island Forum leaders.
“The leaders will discuss ways to deepen co-operation on challenges critical to the region and to the United States such as combating climate change, protecting maritime resources and advancing resilient and inclusive economic growth,” she said.
Biden’s expected May 22 stopover in the capital Port Moresby will be the first visit by a sitting US president to the resource-rich but largely undeveloped country of 9.4 million people.