Who Lost Fiji?

Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

“The headline in the New York Times is enough to give any patriotic American pause: ‘Why China Is Miles Ahead in a Pacific Race for Influence.’ The article that follows is even more disturbing. ‘To many observers,’ it reads, ‘the South Pacific today reveals what American decline looks like.’ The basis for this ominous judgment? A reporter’s visit to Suva, capital of Fiji, where senior Chinese diplomats are busily negotiating deals to enhance Beijing’s clout there and elsewhere in this ‘vital strategic arena.’ … The Times article does not specify how or why Fiji qualifies as ‘vital’ to the United States or to anyone else. Permit me to go out on a limb: U.S. interests in Fiji are actually quite modest. What happens there rightly matters to Fijians, but to Americans? Not so much.” (06/08/22)