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Pacific leaders meet in Washington as US looks to strengthen ties


(MENAFN) US President Joe Biden will welcome Pacific Island leaders this week in what the White House calls a first-of-its-kind regional leaders meeting in Washington, amid growing competition between the US and China in the Pacific.

The two-day summit will begin on September 28 with a dinner between Biden and summit delegates.

The conference was announced in June, just after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi returned from a high-profile 10-day visit to the Pacific area.

“The goal [of the summit] is not just to listen” to Pacific leaders, “but to put substantial resources on the table,” Biden’s Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell recently informed the ABC, Australia’s national broadcaster.

“We’ve never had Pacific Island leaders to the White House,” Campbell added.

“It is not just one or two meetings. This is a very sustained effort that will involve almost all the key players in the US government that have interests in the Indo-Pacific”, he highlighted.

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