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Belt and Road

Beijing courts Micronesia in push for rival base to Guam

China dangles economic assistance to Pacific island nations currently aligned with US

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Micronesian President David Panuelo met in Beijing on Dec. 13. (Photo by Tsukasa Hadano)

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Micronesian counterpart in Beijing on Friday, promising economic assistance for infrastructure construction, part of China's efforts to chip away at traditional U.S. partnerships in the South Pacific.

"China is willing to offer economic and technical assistance to Micronesia within its own capacity," Xi said, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. He added that the countries should work together in trade, investment, agriculture, fisheries and infrastructure construction under Beijing's Belt and Road infrastructure-building initiative.

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