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

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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