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Saipan Island

Saipan Island:

Julian Assange is en route to a courtroom on the Pacific island of Saipan where he is expected to plead guilty to a single criminal charge in a plea deal that will see him walk free and return home to Australia.

  • Saipan Island is located in the Western Pacific Ocean.
  • It is the capital of the Northern Mariana Islands (NMI), a US commonwealth in the western Pacific which beginsroughly 70 km (44 miles) north of Guam and stretches across 14 islands.
  • It was a colony of Spain, Germany and then Japan, the United States took control of the island in World War-II.
  • Like territories such as Guam or Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands are part of the US without the full status of a state.
  • In 1975 residents of this island voted to join the United States as a territory. The territory has a permanent delegate in the US House of Representative, although they cannot vote.
  • Highest point: Mount Tapochau
  • Tourism is the mainstay of the economy and it is popular with Korean and Chinese tourists.
  • It is the only part of the United States that Chinese citizens can enter without a visa.