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Countering Chinese Hegemony In The Pacific

Unchecked Chinese influence in the Pacific Island nations would jeopardize U.S. military capabilities in a strategically crucial geographic command area and pave the way for a broader reordering of regional architecture.

Map of Oceania. also known as Oceanica. is a region centred on the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean. 19th century engraving. (Photo by: Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

President Biden is hosting leaders from the Pacific Islands, at the White House, in what is termed a "historic" event today. According to the White House statement, "broadening and deepening cooperation on key issues such as climate change, pandemic response, economic recovery, maritime security, environmental protection, and advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific" is the goal of the summit.

The Summit comes a week after the U.S. Congress-funded think tank put out a report that stated, "The vast FAS territorial seas, which span much of the northern Pacific, are an important strategic buffer between U.S. defense assets in Guam and Hawaii and East Asian littoral waters."

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