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The Future of Asia 2022

Australia to deploy 'more active presence' in South Pacific: Rudd

Former PM believes Canberra will assist island states amid Solomon Islands-China pact

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Australia's new Labor government will be more proactive in helping island nations take care of their needs. He spoke with Nikkei on May 27.

TOKYO -- Kevin Rudd, a former prime minister of Australia, said Canberra will eye a more active role in assisting the development of island nations now that China is making inroads into the Pacific.

China's most recent stunt in Australia's neighborhood -- signing a security pact with the Solomon Islands -- came last month.

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