The three Freely Associated States in the Pacific Islands region with whom the United States holds special economic and defense relationships are important for countering China’s increasing footprint in the region, according to a recent report by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), a federally-funded think tank.
Amidst this increasing power rivalry with China, the United States should elevate engagement with these nations, the report stated.
“The United States has historically assigned only limited diplomatic resources to the FAS and even less to other Pacific Island nations. By contrast, China has consular staff for and frequent working and senior-level engagement with every Pacific Island nation with which it has diplomatic relations,” stated the report, released on Sept. 20….
Source: The Epoch Times