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US looking at military bases for FSM

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Hagatna, GUAM — The United States is considering the establishment of military bases in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Pacific Islands Times reports that at a recent Joint Committee Meeting on Guam, the U.S and FSM delegations created a working group to identify possible military sites in the FSM.

The meeting was capped by the signing of the expanded shiprider agreement, in which the FSM authorises the U.S Coast Guard to patrol its waters and "to act on behalf of the FSM in combating illicit maritime activity and to strengthen international security operations."

The expanded agreement is aimed at stunting China's ability to make further headway into the Pacific region.

Rear Admiral Benjamin Nicholson, of the Indo-Pacific Command said "this capability is a true and symbolic realisation of the integration of our homelands as one, as established by the Compact of Free Association, and will strengthen not only the maritime security of both our nations, but the bonds of partnership we share."