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Tiny #Palau in not-so-pacific middle of #US & #China

Pacific island nation has responded to #Beijing's perceived 'bullying' by inviting #US to establish strategic ports, bases & installations.

There is a “high-stakes rivalry going on” between China & US.
asiatimes.com/2021/05/tiny-p…
2) Tiny Palau invited the US Pentagon to build ports, bases and airfields on its Pacific islands after Chinese President Xi Jinping bullied the Pacific island nation by destabilizing its fragile economy, according to defiant President Surangel Whipps.
3) “President Whipps’ frank assessment of Chinese pressure – and invitation to host US bases – are unusually blunt for a Pacific leader,” Australia Pacific Security College director Meg Keen said in an interview.
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Fmr Director for #Oceania & #IndoPacific #Security Alex Gray:

"As a senior allied government official once noted to me, a map of Imperial #Japan’s #Pacific islands bases in 1941 could almost perfectly overlay #Beijing’s areas of most intense economic & political activity today."
"the 5 #Micronesian states have traditionally been the most skeptical of #Beijing & eager to work w/ #Washington & its partners.

...#Palau, Federated States of #Micronesia, & #MarshallIslands are bound to the US through #CompactsofFreeAssociation"

thehill.com/opinion/intern…

#COFA
"The #Biden administration has an opportunity, working closely with Australia & New Zealand & other interested partners like #Taiwan, Japan, & France, to signal America’s unwavering support for a #PIF that represents the voices of all #Pacific #islanders"

thehill.com/opinion/intern…
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Stuart Beck was on the board of directors of Ghislaine Maxwell's fake charity #Terramar and was Palau's Ambassador for Oceans to the UN.

Beck and pedophile Maxwell frequently attended UN gatherings to promote 'sustainable development goals' for oceans
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US State Dept Trafficking in Persons report from 2019 determined Palau is a human trafficking hotspot and that 1/3 of Palau's population (~20,000) are vulnerable to being trafficked for sex or labor. #EndTrafficking
state.gov/reports/2019-t…
Wikileaks exposed Hillary Clinton and a #Palau lobbyist negotiating Palau's foreign aid on HRCs private email server. HRC claimed she didnt use the server for foreign dealings. State dept ended up giving Palau $250million in 2010
politico.com/story/2015/07/…
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Ghislaine #Maxwell all'ONU @UN come fondatore di #TerraMar Project insieme all'Amb #StuartBeck Repubblica di Palau (2013)

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Ghislaine #Maxwell ad un convegno @UN organizzato dall'#Italia e #Palau sugli Oceani e mari da rispettare..presenti il Min Ambiente Andrea #Orlando #PD e il Rapp Perm #ONU #SebastianoCardi (2014)

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Ghislaine #Maxwell al convegno sugli Oceani che parla in prima fila come #TerraMar alla presenza del Min Ambiente #Orlando e al Rapp Perm @UN #SebastianoCardi

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The #IMF says the "Great Lockdown" recession will likely be the worst since the Great Depression. Global economy projected to shrink by 3% in 2020. By contrast, in January, the IMF had forecast a global GDP expansion of 3.3% for this year. Details in chart below. Table: @IMFNews
IMF: Partial global rebound to 5.8% in 2021 “assumes the #pandemic fades in the 2nd half of 2020, & that policy actions taken by countries are effective in preventing widespread firm bankruptcies, extended job losses, & system-wide financial strains.” #WEO ow.ly/ZLYi50zccSJ
How does your country fare in the latest #IMF projections for 2020 & 2021? imf.org/~/media/Files/… @IMFNews #economies #GDP #finance
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"Chinese people eating #batsoup"... You've probably seen some of these videos that have flooded social networks since the outbreak of the #coronavirus epidemic in China, with caption suggesting that eating bats was a cause of the virus. We fact-checked seven videos...
First off, we talked to several experts in Chinese cuisine. They all agreed: there is no tradition of eating bats in Chinese culture. It's generally seen as disgusting, in #Wuhan and elsewhere in #China.
Video #1: This video does indeed show a Chinese woman eating a bat - not in #Wuhan, but 3,000 km away in the Pacific nation #Palau. She's a well-known influencer on the Chinese network Weibo, who said she filmed the video in 2016 as part of a travel show.
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This retraction by @AlJazeera actually raises more questions than answers, and to my mind at least, brings to the fore, the fact that our Federal Republic of Anyhowness, has gone global...
Yesterday, asides @AlJazeera_World, other news outlets, including the Twitter only news outlet, @spectatorindex said that #Nigeria's ambassador had attended the opening of the American Embassy in #Jerusalem.
Isreali outlets such at @TimesofIsrael and @HamodiaIL also ran with the news. @haaretzcom actually went so far as to publish an infograph that included #Nigeria's name as one of the country's "celebrating with them" on the grand new opening...
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