Nothing to worry about here. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke on Friday at the annual Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands, which represents 16 island nations from Australia and New Zeland to tiny Tuvalu and Nauru. Clinton stated that the U.S. plans to strengthen security partnerships throughout the region, which is increasingly falling under China's influence. Addressing perceptions of a rivalry between the two world powers, Clinton said that "the Pacific is big enough for all of us," and that U.S. activity in the region should not be perceived as "a hedge against particular countries."
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