An aerial view of Majuro town centre’s central business district. Photo: TNS

Marshall Islands may be focus for US-China competition as elections loom and expiration of American deal for billions of dollars approaches

  • The compact, which gives Washington control of defence and security in exchange for billions of dollars in aid, ends in 2023
  • The Taiwan-aligned president is challenged by those supporting mainland-backed investment in the country
Topic |   Pacific nations

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An aerial view of Majuro town centre’s central business district. Photo: TNS
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena shake hands at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing earlier this year. Photo: Kyodo

The China question in Sri Lanka’s presidential election

  • One of the front runners in Saturday’s poll could steer Colombo closer to Beijing but the focus should be on the longer term, observers say
Topic |   Sri Lanka

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena shake hands at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing earlier this year. Photo: Kyodo
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