The USS Barry in the South Pacific in 2017. Palau, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia are part of the Compact of Free Association, which gives the US military exclusive access to their airspace and territorial waters. Photo: Bloomberg

US-China battle for influence prompts Donald Trump to welcome leaders of South Pacific island nations to the White House

  • The presidents of Palau, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia made a historic visit as the US tries to shore up its power base in the Indo-Pacific
  • Experts say China’s growing economic ties with those states have Washington worried that Beijing might eventually displace it as the major power in the region
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The USS Barry in the South Pacific in 2017. Palau, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia are part of the Compact of Free Association, which gives the US military exclusive access to their airspace and territorial waters. Photo: Bloomberg
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