Leaders pose during the family photo at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit in Fiji on July 14. Photo: AP
Leaders pose during the family photo at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit in Fiji on July 14. Photo: AP

Biden to host White House Pacific Island summit in September, in bid to counter Chinese influence in region

  • The decision comes after Washington became more vocal and visible in recent months to bolster alliances in the Pacific against an assertive Beijing
  • China’s potential military foothold in South Pacific likely to dominate discussions, after it signed a security pact with Solomon Islands in April

Leaders pose during the family photo at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit in Fiji on July 14. Photo: AP
Leaders pose during the family photo at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit in Fiji on July 14. Photo: AP
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