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Australia foreign minister visits Pacific islands with eye on China

Climate, post-COVID economic recovery on agenda in New Caledonia and Tuvalu

With her trip to New Caledonia and Tuvalu, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong will have visited every member of the Pacific Islands Forum.   © AAP

SYDNEY -- Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Wednesday announced a visit this week to New Caledonia and Tuvalu, as Canberra seeks closer cooperation to counter China's rising influence in the region.

During the trip from Wednesday through Friday, Wong will meet with New Caledonian President Louis Mapou and Louis Le Franc, France's high commissioner of the French territory, as well as Tuvalu's Acting Prime Minister Ampelosa Tehulu and members of his cabinet.

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