South Pacific Hillary Clinton's visit underscores new value of Cook Islands

Don't know where they are? They sit in the South Pacific, where the U.S. seeks to strengthen its presence in the face of China's growing power in the region.
Von Paul Richter
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the Cook Islands to attend a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum. China will also send a representative.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the Cook Islands to attend a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum. China will also send a representative.

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