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China Targets Military Base on Pacific Island for Development

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China Targets Military Base on Pacific Island for Development


At the center of the Pacific Ocean, there is a small 3.6 square mile island called Canton (Kanton), where a dilapidated airstrip once served as an important transit and supply center for the United States during World War II. After being abandoned for over 40 years, the island has become the target of the CCP’s expansion. Canton Island is made up of coral atolls and belongs to the Republic of Kiribati. During World War II, Canton Airport served as an airbase of the U.S. Army, and U.S. bombers utilized its runways as part of the “air ferry” route from Hawaii to the South Pacific. Kiribati is an island nation spanning 32 atolls in the Pacific Ocean covering more than 1.4 million square miles. The Kiribati parliamentary disclosed in May that the CCP had explored a plan to rehabilitate the derelict airstrip and bridge on Canton Island and restore the remaining U.S. …

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