No 'free ride' under free association: U.S. military footprint ahead for Palau

Koror—By the time Palauans gather to celebrate their nation’s 23rd Independence Day on October 1, a diplomatic note is expected to have arrived from the United States government formally exercising its right under the Compact of Free Association to use additional lands not identified under the compact agreement. That provision obligates Palau to provide the land without compensation.

It’s a poignant reminder that it isn’t going to be free-ride under the compact agreement after all.

In July, the United States submitted its proposal to the Palau government for use of several locations to install a series of radar towers around the island archipelago. This comes at a time of heightened tension with North Korea, which recently threat