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$8.6B for Guam military buildup, Beijing’s reach widens in Pacific Islands

Highlights from the weekend’s media:

  • U.S. to remove 9,000 Marines from Japanese island of Okinawa to Guam, other Asia-Pacific locations (USA Today)
  • $8.6B for Guam buildup: Island will get 5,000 Marines; training in CNMI (Guam PDN)
  • U.S. pleased by agreement to relocate 9,000 marines off Okinawa (Xinhua)
  •  China Seeks to Star in South Pacific : Beijing Widens Diplomatic Reach With Loans, Aid, in Challenge to U.S.; Subtle Reminders in Tonga (Wall St Journal)
  • Australian Opposition leader Abbott plans to stop asylum-seeker boats with direct diplomacy –with an Indonesian focus (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • ANRPC lowers 2012 global natural rubber output to 10.297 mil mt on Q1 cuts- sharp production falls in Thailand, Malaysia (Platts)

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