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Australia versus China in the South Pacific

Canberra may lack resources to resist Beijing's expansionist drive

| Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
The International Convention Center in Papua New Guinea's capital, one of the APEC venues, marked with a "China Aid" sign (Photo by Fumi Matsumoto)

Xi Jinping, a leader with a bulging diary at home and abroad, will spend four full days this week in Papua New Guinea, attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

By contrast, Mike Pence, the U.S. vice president, who will be representing Washington at the event, will spend just a single day in the sprawling Melanesian nation which straddles Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

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