تحذير أميركي بشأن الشرطة الصينية في كيريباتي infographic
Graphic shows details about Kiribati and Chinese influence in the Pacific.
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تحذير أميركي بشأن الشرطة الصينية في كيريباتي

February 28, 2024 - حذرت الولايات المتحدة دول جزر المحيط الهادئ من طلب المساعدة من قوات الأمن الصينية بعد صدور تقارير تفيد بأن فرق شرطة من بكين تعمل في سلسلة جزر كيريباتي النائية.

Kiribati is a nation of 115,000 people whose closest island is 2,160 km (1,340 miles) south of Honolulu, and the news comes as Beijing renews a push to expand security ties in the Pacific Islands in an intensifying rivalry with the United States.

Kiribati is considered strategic not only given its relative proximity to Hawaii, but because it has one of world's biggest exclusive economic zones, covering more than 3.5 million square km (1.35 million square miles) of the Pacific.

It hosts a Japanese satellite tracking station and China has announced plans to rebuild a World War Two U.S. military airstrip on Kiribati's Kanton Island, prompting U.S. concern.

The United States countered with a pledge in October to upgrade the wharf on Kanton island, a former U.S. military base, and said it wants to open an embassy in Kiribati, Reuters said.

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PUBLISHED: 28/02/2024; STORY: Graphic News
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