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Rising seas and anger: Pacific islands slam pro-coal Australia

Leaders embrace China instead as friendly infrastructure builder

SYDNEY -- Pacific islands have grown increasingly critical of longtime ally Australia for stepping up exports of coal despite the existential threat those nations face from rising sea levels caused by global warming.

The island leaders lambasted Australia at the 50th Pacific Islands Forum held in Tuvalu this month for not endorsing their proposed declaration designed to fight global warming. They accused Canberra of putting its own economic interests above those of the region.

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