Biden hosts first Pacific Island country summit


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President Joe Biden on Thursday will host leaders attending the first Pacific Island summit this week as part of the administration's effort to increase U.S. engagement and investments in the region. Biden will also host a dinner with the leaders, many of whom are making their first visits to the White House, a senior administration official said. The White House released a U.S.-Pacific Island strategy Thursday, which complements an earlier release of the administration's broader Indo-Pacific strategy and outlines the president’s desire for a “unified government effort on Pacific issues,” the official told reporters in a call previewing the summit....