Pacific island leaders welcome U.S. pledge to triple funding for region

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By Kirsty Needham SYDNEY (Reuters) – Pacific island leaders welcomed a pledge by the United States to triple aid to the region to combat illegal fishing, enhance maritime security and tackle climate change, after decades of stagnant U.S. funding. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, in a video address to the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva on Wednesday, said U.S. funding for Pacific islands would be tripled to $60 million a year for a decade, subject to approval by Congress. Some Pacific leaders are seeking to balance China’s ambitions for trade and security ties in the region. Harris called for n…

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