The picturesque bay of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. The French territory is preparing for its second independence referendum this weekend. Photo: AP The picturesque bay of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. The French territory is preparing for its second independence referendum this weekend. Photo: AP
The picturesque bay of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. The French territory is preparing for its second independence referendum this weekend. Photo: AP

China’s shadow looms as New Caledonia decides whether to leave France

  • The Pacific island territory will hold its second vote on whether to go its own way, after the first referendum in 2018 saw 57 per cent vote to remain
  • With China increasingly making its presence felt in the region, there are fears that New Caledonia could fall under its influence

Topic |   Pacific nations
The picturesque bay of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. The French territory is preparing for its second independence referendum this weekend. Photo: AP The picturesque bay of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. The French territory is preparing for its second independence referendum this weekend. Photo: AP
The picturesque bay of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. The French territory is preparing for its second independence referendum this weekend. Photo: AP
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