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US-Pacific Island Summit Underway Shortly Amid Concerns Of Chinese Influence

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US President Joe Biden is shortly due to deliver remarks at the US-Pacific Island Country summit.

  • Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zer4al_3hU&featur...
  • According the Washington Post, Biden plans to announce USD$860 million of investment in regional programmes.
  • The summit is part of a drive to head off increasing Chinese influence which US officials fear may lead to an expansion of Chinese military presence in the Pacific.
  • The build up to the summit has been overshadowed by a leaked document suggesting Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare plans to reject a US draft agreement with the region, raising concern about ties with China.
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “You can count on the United States partnering with you.”
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US President Joe Biden is shortly due to deliver remarks at the US-Pacific Island Country summit.

  • Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zer4al_3hU&featur...
  • According the Washington Post, Biden plans to announce USD$860 million of investment in regional programmes.
  • The summit is part of a drive to head off increasing Chinese influence which US officials fear may lead to an expansion of Chinese military presence in the Pacific.
  • The build up to the summit has been overshadowed by a leaked document suggesting Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare plans to reject a US draft agreement with the region, raising concern about ties with China.
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “You can count on the United States partnering with you.”