U.S. President Joe Biden sought to reaffirm Washington’s commitment to Pacific island nations Monday as he again hosted leaders from the region at the White House, part of a charm offensive aimed at countering China’s growing influence in the strategically important area.

Initiatives unveiled at the summit, which build upon Washington’s first-ever U.S. Pacific Partnership Strategy, range from expanding Washington’s diplomatic footprint in the region to providing about $200 million in extra aid for new climate, security and economic projects.

The summit appeared to check at least some of the boxes for Pacific island nations following criticism that the U.S. was not doing enough to support countries in the region and as China looks to fill any gaps.