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U.S. Charm Offensive to Pacific Island States Amid China Worries

U.S. President Joe Biden (fourth from right) puts his arm around the shoulders of Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown as the leaders pose at the White House. Image: Jim Watson / AFP

A summit between the United States and the Pacific Islands Forum that started in Washington on Monday is the newest signal that Washington plans to increase its presence in the region in response to China’s growing influence there.

The leaders were ferried to Baltimore to attend a football game on Sunday, before meetings and a lunch with President Joe Biden on Monday and talks with U.S. lawmakers and climate officials on Tuesday.

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