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What’s in the secret documents signed by China and Vanuatu at APEC?

  Last week Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down with a host of Pacific Island leaders just before the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea. The...

Are China’s cheap loans to poor nations a development boost or a debt trap?

  This money is used to construct much-needed major infrastructure projects, but what happens when these poorer countries cannot pay China back? Experts warn Beijing is...

China’s ‘tourist ban’ leaves Palau struggling to fill hotels and an airline in limbo

  The number of Chinese visitors to Palau had increased from just 634 people in the 2008 financial year to 87,000 during 2015, according to...

How China, India and the US use healthcare aid to win influence in the...

  So much so that in the Pacific region major powers are increasingly flexing their humanitarian muscles by sending hospital ships and similar aid missions...