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A Chinese Naval guided missile destroyer docks at the Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base in Hong Kong.

Western countries reportedly want to use cash and soft power to fend off Chinese influence in the Pacific

Western countries and their allies in Asia are increasingly concerned about China's growing influence, and they now reportedly have a plan to counter it.
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis awaits the arrival of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani for an Enhanced Honor Cordon and meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2018.

The US has formalized a slight rhetorical change — and it’s part of a bigger effort to counter China

Changing the name of US Pacific Command to US Indo-Pacific Command is meant to underscore growing relations with India, but it also reflects an awareness of China's growing influence.

Western intelligence is warning that Chinese influence in New Zealand is at a ‘critical’ level

Western officials are concerned that growing Chinese influence in New Zealand could compromise the Five Eyes intelligence and defense partnership.

Asia-Pacific nations sign sweeping trade deal without US

Malaysia's Minister...
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in deliver a joint statement from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2017.

‘Korea Passing’ is a sensitive issue in South Korea that Trump must be careful to avoid

South Korea really doesn't like being overlooked when it comes to dealing with North Korea. And Trump appears to be making it worse.