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China displays Pacific ambitions in Great Game with Australia and US

APEC host Papua New Guinea rolls out red carpet for Xi ahead of summit

A giant banner showing Chinese President Xi Jinping and Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill shaking hands is displayed in Port Moresby.   © Reuters

PORT MORESBY -- Leaders from 21 economies are expected to gather in this city for what some are calling the largest event in Papua New Guinea's history. But one particular country is making its presence felt.

The logo of China Construction Bank is the first thing visitors will see when stepping outside Jacksons International Airport. A Chinese arch has been erected at the gate of a luxurious hotel where President Xi Jinping will stay. Outside, red flags lead to a colossal banner welcoming Xi, the South Pacific region's increasingly important benefactor.

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