Opinion: Government shutdown threatens key U.S. effort to counter China in Pacific

A looming government shutdown threatens to upend a major multibillion-dollar diplomatic initiative between the United States and three Pacific Island nations that the Biden administration views as a cornerstone of its

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Opinion: U.S. under pressure to conclude compact agreements in the North Pacific

Little information has emerged about how negotiations for the renewal of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) between the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the United States are progressing. The United States

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Opinion: U.S. claims to Central Pacific flout International law

In defiance of international norms and rules, U.S. officials are laying claim to the large oceanic area in the central Pacific Ocean that is home to the compact states. Now that they are renewing the economic provisions

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Q&A: U.S. considering security guarantees for three Pacific Island nations

U.S. Congress is reviewing a proposal from President Joe Biden to create new security guarantees for three Pacific Island states: the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. If Congress passes the Compacts of Free

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Marshall Islands end U.S. Compact hold-out

When an 11th hour appeal for more nuclear test compensation by Marshall Islands leaders fell flat in the United States Congress in mid-July, the government endorsed a stalled funding agreement ending a seven-month

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President Whipps: U.S. radar makes Palau a ‘target’

The U.S. military’s plan to install a warning radar in Palau makes the Pacific country a “target” for potential foreign aggressors, President Surangel Whipps Jr said, stressing that the risk must be worth it. And

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Congress prodded to finalise Compact package for freely associated states

Defence officials and territorial delegates have pressed both houses of Congress to tie up the proposed new economic packages under the Compacts of Free Association, noting the freely associated states’ critical role

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Marshall Islands seeks U.S. apology, compensation for nuclear tests damage

The Marshall Islands on Tuesday called on Washington to pay “full” compensation for the health, environmental and cultural damage caused by 67 nuclear tests carried out by the American government, refusing to accept

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Marshall Islands Compact held up by nuclear legacy

The lack of agreement on the nuclear legacy issues holds up the Marshall Islands’ Compact Review negotiations with the United States, according to Marshall Islands Speaker Kenneth Kedi during the Marshall Islands

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Palau and U.S. formally sign Compact Review Agreement

Palau and the United States formally signed the Compact Review Agreement in Papua New Guinea this week, witnessed by President Surangel Whipps Jr and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Palau Chief Compact

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Second Compact Review Agreement created fundamental change in Palau/U.S. relationship: Farrow

The second Compact Review Agreement initialed last week by Palau Chief Compact Negotiator Kaleb Udui Jr and U.S. Special Envoy Joseph Yun is the “most significant since the first Compact relationship” with the

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U.S. and Micronesia agree to renew strategic pact, U.S. envoy says

The U.S. and the Federated States of Micronesia have agreed to renew a key strategic pact, U.S. presidential envoy Joseph Yun said, adding he hopes for similar progress with Palau, as the U.S. shores up support among

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