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Boosting Alliances To Counter China

With America's renewed focus in the Pacific, small nations now have the option of moving away from China's sphere of influence and avoiding the pitfalls of aligning with Beijing.

Marines salute after hoisting the national flag at the US embassy in Honiara, Solomon Islands on February 2, 2023. - The United States reopened its embassy in the Solomon Islands on February 2 after a 30-year hiatus, part of a bid to counter China's growing influence in the South Pacific. Photo by CHARLEY PIRINGI/AFP via Getty Images

After almost three decades, the U.S. has reopened its embassy in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.

"[The opening] symbolizes a renewal of our relationship and underlines the strength of our commitment to our bilateral relations, the people of Solomon Islands, and our partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region," said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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