Biden aims to wrest influence from China in Pacific islands

US President Joe Biden is set to invite the Pacific island states to join the 'Quad', a defence cooperation forum bringing together America, Australia, India and Japan to cooperate on maritime surveillance. – EPA pic, September 25, 2023.

PRESIDENT Joe Biden is set to host leaders of Pacific island nations with an aim of countering China’s ever-growing influence, proffering goodies ranging from an American football experience to shiny new embassies.

The summit of leaders from the 18-member Pacific Islands Forum takes place today and tomorrow, a year after the first meeting, which was also in Washington.

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