Samoa to Cancel $100M Chinese-Backed Port Development

Samoa’s expected new prime minister said Thursday she plans to cancel a China-backed port development project on the island worth $100 million out of concern Samoa is already overly indebted to Beijing. “Samoa is a small country. Our seaports and

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 18: Samoa MP Fiame Naomi Mata'afa speaks during the Pacifi

China Insists Aid to Pacific Nations Is Not a Political Power Play

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday denying allegations that its financial assistance programs for Pacific nations are an effort to buy political influence and muscle out regional competitors, especially Taiwan. The Foreign Ministry insisted China’s $5.9 billion in pledged foreign aid comes with no strings attached.

The huge port under construction in Colombo straddles the world's busiest east-west shippi

Pompeo: ‘Free and Open Trade’ with America Is Better than China’s Debt Imperialism

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Monday that business engagement and “free and open” trade are major elements of the Trump administration’s strategic vision for the region. Although he mentioned China only in passing, Secretary Pompeo’s remarks included a clear warning to regional powers about the perils of partnering with Beijing.

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Balance of Asia-Pacific Military Power Shifting Against U.S.

The balance of military power in the Asia-Pacific is shifting against the United States, as China and North Korea challenge the credibility of U.S. security commitments and the Pentagon faces spending limits, according to a study released on Tuesday.

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