Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, greets dignitaries from Pacific island countries. Photo: AP
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, greets dignitaries from Pacific island countries. Photo: AP

China facing increased competition from US in Pacific as Washington hosts first island summit

  • This week’s event in Washington is expected to conclude with a partnership declaration that will open the way to US$860 million investment in the region
  • Beijing’s growing presence in the Pacific, including a Solomon Islands security pact, has alarmed Washington and its allies

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, greets dignitaries from Pacific island countries. Photo: AP
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, greets dignitaries from Pacific island countries. Photo: AP
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