Last July, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced a comprehensive strategic partnership, marking a deepening of ties between the two nations.
Nauru, a Pacific island nation, is struggling with economic and environmental problems caused by dependence on the phosphate mining industry. The High Ground initiative can redeem the country by launching it into a new differentiated and sustainable economy.
Pacific nations are debating whether and how to exploit the underwater mineral resource of polymetallic nodules. A treasure chest not without environmental and strategic issues.