Flags of the Pacific Islands countries are displayed in Yaren, Nauru, on the last day of the Pacific Islands Forum on September 5. Putting on one side Australia and New Zealand, which account for about 97 per cent of the GDP of the grouping, the Pacific Islands Forum clusters a further 16 of the tiniest and least-noticed economies in the world. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
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Outside In by David Dodwell

At Apec, there’ll be no escaping China’s growing influence in the Pacific

David Dodwell says Papua New Guinea’s hosting of Apec leaders next month, including Xi Jinping, will shine the spotlight on China’s growing footprint in a region that has long been home to the ‘great game’ of geopolitical jockeying

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Flags of the Pacific Islands countries are displayed in Yaren, Nauru, on the last day of the Pacific Islands Forum on September 5. Putting on one side Australia and New Zealand, which account for about 97 per cent of the GDP of the grouping, the Pacific Islands Forum clusters a further 16 of the tiniest and least-noticed economies in the world. Photo: AFP
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