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US Opens Embassy in Solomon Islands Amid Competition With China

The US opened a new embassy in the South Pacific as the Biden administration ramps up its diplomatic presence in a region that has been courted heavily by geopolitical rival China. 

The new US mission in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara builds on “efforts not only to place more diplomatic personnel throughout the region, but also to engage further with our Pacific neighbors,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Wednesday.