It was a whirlwind visit -- only five hours -- but a key US government figure's visit to Palau has been described as historic, and also controversial.
US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper touched down in Covid-free Palau on Friday, where he met with Palau's President Tommy Remengesau.
The visit comes as the US gets jittery about China's presence in the Pacific.
But for Palau, it comes at a time when it's renegotiating its Compact of Free Association Agreement with Washington. Which could mean more money for Palau.
Jamie Tahana spoke to our correspondent in Palau, Bernadette Carreon.