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Pacific summit is Biden's chance to demonstrate U.S. soft power

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Kamala Harris speaks via video link during the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva, Fiji, on July 13: The U.S. should seek sustainable influence in the Pacific region.   © Reuters

Alexander L. Vuving is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. The views expressed in this article are his own.

This week, U.S. President Joe Biden will host the country's first summit with the leaders of Pacific island nations.

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