Foreign Policy and Defence Research Fellow Tom Corben is quoted in this article for Agence France-Presse about the US efforts to re-engage in the South Pacific, where China has emerged as a rising diplomatic and military power. Referring to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's trip to Australia from Port Moresby, where the United States signed a defence agreement earlier this year, Tom says "It all fits into wider efforts to make US force posture in the Indo-Pacific more resilient by drastically increasing the number of locations the Chinese military have to consider."