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U.S. Urged to Step Up in the Pacific After China’s Whirlwind Trip

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U.S. Urged to Step Up in the Pacific After China’s Whirlwind Trip

SUVA, Fiji—The latest struggle between China and the U.S. for influence in the Pacific ended with a setback for Beijing when its top diplomat couldn’t secure a regional agreement to deepen security and trade ties with more than half a dozen Pacific countries.

But in this island nation, where Chinese money has recently helped to build roads and skyscrapers, top officials warn that Washington’s status as a key power broker in the region could slip if it doesn’t step up its efforts.

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U.S. Urged to Step Up in the Pacific After China’s Whirlwind Trip