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US to Boost Aid to Micronesia in Exchange for More Military Access – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on January 17, 2023

They receive economic assistance from the US and fall under the protection of the US military in exchange for allowing US forces to operate in the countries.

I was worried we were running short of out of the way places for our son’s and daughters to die.

https://news.antiwar.com/2023/01/15/us-to-boost-aid-to-micronesia-in-exchange-for-more-military-access/

The US and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) are nearing a deal that would give more economic aid to the Pacific nation in exchange for more US military access to the islands, FSM President David Panuelo said on Friday.

The deal will be an extension of an agreement the US has with several Pacific island nations, known as the Compact of Free Association. Under these deals, the Pacific countries are treated similarly to US territories. They receive economic assistance from the US and fall under the protection of the US military in exchange for allowing US forces to operate in the countries.

The US is also allowed to deny other foreign militaries access to the Pacific Island nations. Extending the agreements and other US military expansion planned for the region is viewed in Washington as vital to US plans to confront China.

FSM President David Panuelo said negotiations with the US are almost done, and under the new deal, his country will receive $140 million in annual grants from the US, an increase of $50 million from current levels. He said residents should expect an increase in US military activity over the next few years.

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