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Pentagon focuses on western Pacific isles to counter China

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                                A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules delivered U.S. Army Pacific soldiers onto the newly renovated Angaur Airfield on Sept. 6 for training exercises in the Republic of Palau.

    U.S. ARMY

    A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules delivered U.S. Army Pacific soldiers onto the newly renovated Angaur Airfield on Sept. 6 for training exercises in the Republic of Palau.

The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau — famous in World War II for the Battle of Peleliu — is at the center of a 21st-century island-hopping campaign as the Pentagon seeks to establish a network of austere bases and airfields in the western Pacific from which it could counter an increasingly militarized China. Read more

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