China Sets a Course for the U.S.'s Pacific Domain
Feb 22, 2019 | 11:00 GMT
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- The decrease in U.S. interest in Pacific islands like the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau will provide further openings for Chinese influence in the area at a time when competition is mounting between Washington and Beijing.
- Remote islands that are unable to foster a self-sustaining economy will continue to leverage their strategic position to extract benefits from both sides.
- Australia, Japan and South Korea will all be critical in helping Washington to counterbalance growing Chinese influence here.