A woman walks past electoral boards in Noumea, New Caledonia, on December 10, 2021. Photo: AFP
A woman walks past electoral boards in Noumea, New Caledonia, on December 10, 2021. Photo: AFP

New Caledonia holds 3rd independence vote amid French bid to counter China in Indo-Pacific

  • The process is aimed at settling tensions between native Kanaks seeking independence and those who want the territory to remain part of France
  • It comes as France is trying to cement its presence in the Indo-Pacific amid growing Chinese influence in the region

Topic |   Pacific nations
A woman walks past electoral boards in Noumea, New Caledonia, on December 10, 2021. Photo: AFP
A woman walks past electoral boards in Noumea, New Caledonia, on December 10, 2021. Photo: AFP
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