Okinawa - Palau Friendship Agreement for Perpetual Economic Development!
Alex Gray, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the White House National Security Council (NSC), has been a strong advocate of support for Pacific island nations in the Trump administration.
The link is to an interview with President Whipps of Palau, who visited the US.
I have already written about this, but what struck me was the reluctance of the US government to provide economic assistance to the President when he visited the US, despite the fact that he had chosen Taiwan after being pressured by Chinese officials stationed in the Federated States of Micronesia, with whom China has had diplomatic relations for many years, to change his diplomatic relations with Taiwan, saying that Sky is the limit.
In 2017, it was the Department of Defence that funded the $123.9 million Free Association Agreement, withheld for nearly a decade. We can't expect anything from the US government.
The US should take the lead in military security.
Economic security should be supported by Japan and Taiwan.
A few weeks ago, Okinawa Governor Tamaki proposed an Okinawa-Palau friendshp treaty, which is the best opportunity.
Okinawa receives a huge subsidy of 3 to 6 billion US dollars a year from Japanese government. I don't know what form it should take, but it is time to sign what President Whipps calls a perpetual treaty, between Okinawa and Palau.
It was the Okinawans, especially the Uminchu (fishrmen), who immigrated to Micronesia during the Japanese time who contributed the economic development of the area in the first place.