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China cannot match what U.S. has to offer Pacific island states

Washington and its allies must strengthen region's democratic institutions

| Pacific Islands
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attend a signing ceremony in Beijing in October 2019: China is making definite inroads in the region.   © Reuters

Daniel Twining is president of the International Republican Institute in Washington. Amie Woeber is the group's program director for the Pacific Islands.

The visit this week of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to the Solomon Islands comes on the heels of the country's alarming decision to enter into a security pact with China.

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