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Micronesia's new president takes over from Taiwan-leaning predecessor

Wesley Simina faces diplomatic balancing act between China and U.S.

Wesley Simina, left, is sworn in as president of Micronesia on May 11. (Photo courtesy of the presidential office)

SYDNEY -- The Pacific island nation of Micronesia picked Simina as its new president Thursday in a changing of the guard from a predecessor who had warmed up to Taiwan.

The nation's congress elected Simina to replace David Panuelo, whose four-year term ended. Simina, who first won his congressional seat in 2011, had served as speaker since 2015.

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