Thursday, March 3, 2011

[pima.nius] US warned of losing Pacific to China

9:29 AM |

US warned of losing Pacific to China

Updated March 3, 2011 18:16:09

The United States' top diplomat is warning Washington is at risk of losing influence in the Pacific to China.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Republican led House plans to scrap aid money for the Pacific.

Her comments come as the European Union makes its own bid for clout in the Pacific, offering the region more than 100 million US dollars in funding in exchange for backing the European bloc in international climate negotiations.

Presenter: Stephanie March

Speakers: Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State; Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development at the European Commission; Fergus Hanson from the Lowy Institute in Sydney

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