The Marshall Islands Are Key in the War With China

1st Sgt. Jason Marshall, company 1st sergeant for Company Landing Team 1, fixes his gear after leaving a CH53E Super Stallion Helicopter at Kahuku Training Area during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. / U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Dietz/Released

Made up of 1,200 islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Marshall Islands have played a critical component in the strategic and military U.S. presence in the region since World War II. But their recent election could have lead to a pro-Chinese leadership. The other key factor in the Marshall Islands is that the U.S. is refusing to engage and renegotiate as the “Compact of Free Association” agreement is expiring soon.

PRELIMINARY MARSHALL ISLAND RESULTS ARE IN

On November 30, the unofficial results were announced, with President Hilda Heine defeating Justin Lani. This is good news for the U.S. as her opposition favored closer ties to Beijing. But the results will not be finalized until December 15 after a two-week period for candidates to call for recounts or contest results.

If the results hold, it will be good for both the U.S. and Taiwan. As the Marshall Islands is one of four countries in the Pacific that recognize Taiwan. However, 10 Pacific nations recognize Taiwan as Beijing.

COMPACT OF FREE ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT STILL AN ISSUE

But this does not solve the problem of the expiring Compact of Free Association agreement. The U.S. has yet to move forward on Marshallese claims for environmental and health damage that were caused by dozens of nuclear tests carried out in the 1940s and 1950s. The lack of real movement to address the concerns of the Marshallese has some U.S. lawmakers concerned that China may be willing to step in, adding to the high tensions already happening between the U.S. and China.

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Trojan 1972
7 months ago

Do what you’ve been doing, Biden administration, by putting off today what should be done and this country will suffer the consequences as usual by your procrastination. And then of course, you’ll blame someone else for what you didn’t do. You’re very good at pointing fingers, but take no responsibility for your actions or inactions. I thought you told us, “The buck stops at your desk”, Joe. Prove us wrong. We would love to be wrong because it means the country is better off. Who needs enemies when we got a President like this?


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