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Micronesia president frets over China's regional security goals

Bilateral ties only 'on economic and technical cooperation': FSM leader Panuelo

Micronesia's President David Panuelo during an exclusive interview with Nikkei Asia on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum on July 13 in Suva, Fiji. (Photo by Fumi Matsumoto)

SUVA, Fiji -- The president of the Federated States of Micronesia expressed concern over China's increasing presence in the Pacific Ocean near Micronesia during an interview with Nikkei Asia on Wednesday.

"Our friendship with China is on economic and technical cooperation and not security," said FSM President David Panuelo while in Fiji to attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).

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