Joseph Yun, the Biden administration’s special envoy to the Pacific Island States, is in the region for a visit to the Marshall Islands. The visit, from 14 to 16 June, will focus on renewing the U.S.’s Compact of Free Association (COFA) economic agreements with the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Micronesia, amid heightened attention to China’s growing influence in the region. (CNBC)
🇦🇺 Australia’s Defense Minister, Richard Marles, is concerned about China’s rapid and “opaque” military expansion, calling it “the biggest military buildup that we’ve seen since the end of the Second World War.” He met with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe on Sunday, the first such meeting in two years. (NIKKEI ASIA)
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