Why China is miles ahead in a Pacific race for influence

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Stroll through the city where China’s foreign minister met with the leaders of nearly a dozen Pacific island countries on Monday, and China’s footprint is unmistakable.

On one side of Suva, Fiji’s capital, is a bridge rebuilt with Chinese loans and unveiled with the country’s prime minister alongside the Chinese ambassador. On the other, down Queen Elizabeth Drive, is the imposing new Beijing Embassy, ​​where the road in front has been repaired by workers wearing fluorescent vests bearing the name of a Chinese state-owned company.

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