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Palau COFA renewal

COFA Collateral Damage and Its Consequences: A View from Palau

COFA Collateral Damage and Its Consequences: A View from Palau

By Patricia O’Brien
Palau President Surangel Whipps says that “there was optimism and hope” when the Palau-U.S. compact agreement was signed. But concerns are mounting as funding stalls in the U.S. Congress.

US Congress’ COFA Delay Jeopardizes a Key Element of the ’Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ 

US Congress’ COFA Delay Jeopardizes a Key Element of the ’Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ 

By Cleo Paskal
The U.S. government concluded COFA renewal talks with Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands in 2023. Months later, Congress has yet to approve the funding.
China Threatens US Interests in Micronesia, Former President Warns

China Threatens US Interests in Micronesia, Former President Warns

By Camilla Pohle
If Compact funding remains stuck in limbo, the Freely Associated States will be increasingly vulnerable to China’s influence, David Panuelo warned.

US Pacific Policy Forges Ahead With Successful 2nd Summit

US Pacific Policy Forges Ahead With Successful 2nd Summit

By Patricia O’Brien
Despite domestic political headwinds, Biden’s engagement at the second U.S.-Pacific Islands summit was welcomed, as were newly announced funds, initiatives and an expanding diplomatic footprint.

US Given OK to Enforce Maritime Law Around Palau as Washington Vies With China for Pacific Influence

US Given OK to Enforce Maritime Law Around Palau as Washington Vies With China for Pacific Influence

By David Rising
U.S. Coast Guard ships can now enforce regulations inside Palau's exclusive economic zone on behalf of the nation without a Palauan officer present.

Camilla Pohle on the Risk of the US Under-Delivering in the Pacific Islands

Camilla Pohle on the Risk of the US Under-Delivering in the Pacific Islands

By Shannon Tiezzi
Camilla Pohle of USIP notes that pending issues risk jeopardizing Washington's progress on the Pacific Partnership Strategy.

Palau Leader Stresses Need for US Help to Deter China in the Pacific

Palau Leader Stresses Need for US Help to Deter China in the Pacific

By Mari Yamaguchi
Speaking from Japan, Palau’s President Surangel Whipps Jr. said that three Chinese boats have made “uninvited” entries into his country’s waters since he took office in 2021.
Despite Biden’s Absence, US Makes Inroads With Pacific Islands

Despite Biden’s Absence, US Makes Inroads With Pacific Islands

By Nick Perry and Shannon Tiezzi
President Biden had to cancel his trip to the Pacific Island country, so Secretary of State Blinken oversaw the signing of new deals with Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, and Palau.

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