Biden Cannot Let Pacific Island Nations Fall into China’s Hands 


President Biden’s two-day summit with the leaders of many small Pacific Island nations hasn’t received much media coverage. But it’s an important development in the increasingly fraught efforts to limit China’s power.

The nations invited to the summit are some of the smallest and most obscure nations on Earth. Tonga, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Palau are usually the answers to bar trivia questions, not the objects of presidential attention. But they and six other island nations occupy strategic locations in the Pacific Ocean. China noticed this in recent years and started a diplomatic offensive that has borne significant fruit, forcing the United States and its allies to respond.

More News & Insights

(2023 03 26) Event Recap [crop]

Event Recaps – March 26, 2023

A select BENS Member delegation traveled to Norfolk, Virginia as guests of US Navy’s Fleet Forces Command. Our Members visited a variety of shipyards and drydocks and attended a series…

Pisani Shenkman Mack Credit Alan Barnett 998x665

BENS Member Mark Shenkman

BENS Member Mark Shenkman, Founder and President of Shenkman Capital Management was honored with the Museum of American Finance’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding career in the investment industry.


South Korea, U.S. to Hold Largest Live-Fire Drills Amid North Korea Tension

SEOUL, March 22 (Reuters) – South Korean and U.S. forces will hold their largest-ever live-fire exercises in June in a show of force to North Korea, which has ratcheted up…

Receive BENS news and insights in your inbox.