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International relations

Coronavirus gives China an edge as it expands sway in the Pacific

Island nations such as Samoa and Tonga need loans to pay for stimulus

APIA, Samoa -- As the coronavirus sweeps the globe, the remoteness of Pacific island states has been both a gift and a curse.

Of the 18 countries the virus is yet to reach, the majority are islands in the Pacific. But the very same isolation that has provided a barrier to the disease is also likely to intensify the effects of global economic contagion.

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