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Newsline: Top U.S. diplomat to arrive in Pacific amid battle for influence with China

A senior U.S. diplomat will travel to Samoa on Thursday on a multi-leg trip to Pacific Island countries intended to demonstrate re-engagement by the United States with a region in which China has been extending its influence. (https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/top-us-diplomat-arrive-pacific-amid-battle-influence-with-china-2022-08-04/) Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to Samoa and then Tonga, where she will be the most senior U.S. official to visit, before attending World War Two commemorations in the Solomon Islands.

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