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U.S. warns of China threat in first Pacific islands strategy

Biden administration plans to open 3 embassies in region to bolster influence

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a working lunch at the U.S.-Pacific Island Country Summit in Washington on Sept. 28.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The White House released its first strategy dedicated to the Pacific islands on Thursday as it looks to strengthen its broader Indo-Pacific strategy and counter China's growing influence in the region.

The strategy focuses on climate change, maritime issues like unregulated fishing, and expanding the U.S. diplomatic presence in the region, which the strategy says has become increasingly affected by the broader geopolitical competition playing out in the Pacific.

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