US, FSM reach consensus on a plan to build military base in Micronesia

Updated: Jul 28

FSM President David Panuelo and INDOPACOM Commander Adm. John Aquilino engaged in high-level defense talks in Hawaii From July 16 to 26. Photo courtesy of FSMIS

The United States and the Federated States of Micronesia have agreed on a plan to build a military base in the Pacific island nation, in line with the Pentagon's strategic ambition to increase its footprint in the Indo-Pacific region and keep China at bay.

Reaching a consensus on defense buildup in Micronesia capped the "high-level defense talks" held this week in Hawaii between FSM President David Panuelo and a U.S. team led by Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Carmen G. Cantor, U.S. ambassador to the FSM.

“It’s such a comfort and relief to hear so clearly that the FSM is part of the Pacific homeland—that is, that the FSM is clearly part of the U.S. homeland defense plans that the United States is poised to defend," Panuelo said in a statement after the meeting concluded on July 26.

According to a press release from the Office of the President, the U.S. and FSM have pledged to collaborate on plans "for more frequent and permanent U.S. armed forces presence" and "to cooperate on how that presence will be built up both temporarily and permanently within the FSM, with the purpose of serving the mutual security interests of both nations."

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