The national flags of China and Australia are seen in front of Sydney Opera House. Both countries are battling for influence in the Pacific. Photo: AFP
The national flags of China and Australia are seen in front of Sydney Opera House. Both countries are battling for influence in the Pacific. Photo: AFP
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Australia pushes back against China in Pacific as coronavirus hinders influence efforts

  • Canberra has promised to supply its Pacific island neighbours with Covid-19 vaccines and recently signed a ‘landmark’ military deal with Fiji
  • The battle for influence in the region comes after China hit Australia with a series of damaging trade reprisals on everything from wine to lobsters

The national flags of China and Australia are seen in front of Sydney Opera House. Both countries are battling for influence in the Pacific. Photo: AFP
The national flags of China and Australia are seen in front of Sydney Opera House. Both countries are battling for influence in the Pacific. Photo: AFP
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