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Pacific Islands and the first and second island chains

The U.S.-China competition in the Pacific Islands

Though small and separated by vast distances, Pacific Island nations play a key role in Western military and diplomatic strategy. They host crucial bases and help provide international clout to allies like Taiwan. Like in other areas of the world, however, China has been flexing its muscles in the region, trying to undermine U.S. dominance. Washington must now decide how to respond.

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