The US military has access to the Palau islands, although it currently has no troops permanently stationed there. Photo: AFPThe US military has access to the Palau islands, although it currently has no troops permanently stationed there. Photo: AFP
The US military has access to the Palau islands, although it currently has no troops permanently stationed there. Photo: AFP

Palau invites US to build military bases as part of strategic tug of war with China

  • US Defence Secretary Mark Esper visited the island nation last week and accused Beijing of ‘ongoing destabilising activities’ in the Pacific
  • Palau is an independent nation but has no military and the US is responsible for its defence under an agreement called the Compact of Free Association

Topic |   US-China relations: the Asian angle
The US military has access to the Palau islands, although it currently has no troops permanently stationed there. Photo: AFPThe US military has access to the Palau islands, although it currently has no troops permanently stationed there. Photo: AFP
The US military has access to the Palau islands, although it currently has no troops permanently stationed there. Photo: AFP
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