US nears new cooperation deals with Pacific Island nations | NASCAR & Racing News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is nearing deals with two Pacific Island nations to extend ties that are considered critical to maintaining balance in the US-China rivalry for influence in a region where the Chinese are rapidly expanding their economic, diplomatic and military clout .

This week, the US signed memorandums of understanding with the Marshall Islands other Palau that administration officials hope will pave the way for the quick completion of broader agreements that will govern the islands’ relations with Washington for the next two decades. Those ties grant the US unique military and other security rights on the islands in return for substantial aid.

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