The island nations that stretch across the South Pacific have become the latest arena for a great power contest between the United States and China. With war in Ukraine and tensions in Taiwan, Beijing is moving swiftly to deepen its security and economic ties with the region. China’s growing influence served as a stark wake-up call to US and its allies, forming a new alliance focusing on the Pacific. On Crux Decode this week, Zakka Jacob discusses why the sparsely-populated South Pacific islands have become the next US-China contest.
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