Today: May 28, 2024
Today: May 28, 2024

US will resume Peace Corps program in Palau as it moves to counter Chinese influence in Indo-Pacific

Share This
LA Post: US will resume Peace Corps program in Palau as it moves to counter Chinese influence in Indo-Pacific
February 02, 2024
MATTHEW LEE - AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will resume a long-suspended Peace Corps program in the North Pacific island of Palau as the Biden administration continues moves to counter growing Chinese influence in the region.

The Peace Corps said Friday that it would start sending volunteers back to the island in 2025 following an agreement reached between the agency’s director and the president of Palau.

“Volunteers will live and work side-by-side with community partners to improve childhood literacy and math and science skills, along with teaching English as a foreign language,” Peace Corps director Carol Spahn said in a statement.

Palau’s resident, Surangel Whipps, said the return of the Peace Corps reflects the strong relationship between his nation and the United States. He said prior Peace Corps members had become “an integral part of our national family,” and he extended his gratitude to them and to a program he said “has enriched our country in countless ways.”

“To those Peace Corps members preparing to come and contribute to Palau,” Whipps said, "welcome home.”

The Peace Corps programs in Palau and in the Federated States of Micronesia began in 1966 but were shut down in 2014 after more than 4,400 volunteers had served there.

Since then, as China has made successful inroads in the Pacific, successive U.S. administrations have sought to improve relations with the island nations, including by opening or reopening several embassies and renegotiating cooperation agreements known as compacts of free association last year with Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

Peace Corps officials said they hope that with congressional funding the Palau reopening will be the first of several new programs it will restart in the Pacific.

The Peace Corps, a creation of the John F. Kennedy administration, currently has Pacific island programs in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Popular

Poland rolls out plans for fortifications along its border with Russia and Belarus

Defense officials in NATO member Poland have presented a plan to strengthen surveillance and defense along its eastern border with Russia and Russian ally Belarus

Poland rolls out plans for fortifications along its border with Russia and Belarus

Donor fatigue persists as nations commit around $8.1 billion for conflict-hit Syrians

International donors meeting in Brussels say they will commit 7.5 billion euros, about $8.1 billion, in both grants and loans to support Syrians battered by war, poverty, and hunger for the rest of this year and beyond

Donor fatigue persists as nations commit around $8.1 billion for conflict-hit Syrians

Mexican government says the arm of a 19th century mummy came off after mishandling by museum staff

Mexico's federal archaeology agency is accusing the conservative-governed city of Guanajuato of mistreating the country’s famous mummified 19th century bodies

Mexican government says the arm of a 19th century mummy came off after mishandling by museum staff

Shohei Ohtani lost sleep after translator was accused of stealing millions of dollars from him

Shohei Ohtani says he lost sleep after his translator was accused of stealing millions of dollars from the two-way baseball star

Shohei Ohtani lost sleep after translator was accused of stealing millions of dollars from him

South Africa's surprise election challenger is evoking the past anti-apartheid struggle

Former South African President Jacob Zuma is the wild card in Wednesday’s election for Africa’s most advanced country

South Africa's surprise election challenger is evoking the past anti-apartheid struggle

Related

‘Furiosa’ sneaks past ‘Garfield’ to claim No. 1 spot over Memorial Day holiday weekend

‘Furiosa’ sneaks past ‘Garfield’ to claim No. 1 spot over Memorial Day holiday weekend

Bill Walton, Hall of Fame player who became a star broadcaster, dies of cancer at 71

Bill Walton, Hall of Fame player who became a star broadcaster, dies of cancer at 71

Russia will build Central Asia's first nuclear power plant in an agreement with Uzbekistan

Russia will build Central Asia's first nuclear power plant in an agreement with Uzbekistan

Biden says each generation has to 'earn' freedom, in solemn Memorial Day remarks

Biden says each generation has to 'earn' freedom, in solemn Memorial Day remarks
- Advertisement -
Advertisement: Limited Time Offer