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Australian alliance eyes bid for Pacific telecom to block China

Jamaica-based Digicel's unit reportedly sought by China Mobile

Samoa's capital, Apia: Telecom Digicel Pacific holds a majority market share in the Pacific island nation.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- The government of Australia looks to support a bid by domestic telecom Telstra to buy a leading South Pacific mobile phone business reportedly eyed by a Chinese suitor, as Canberra works to limit Beijing's influence in the region.

Telstra said Monday it is discussing a purchase of the Pacific operations of Jamaica-based Digicel "in partnership with the Australian government."

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