• Australia's new prime minister sounds like he wants to take on China's growing influence in the South Pacific

    10 days ago - By Business Insider

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has moved to counter China's growing influence in the Pacific by announcing that it is time Australia make a "step-up to the Pacific."
    The PM is promising nearby Pacific nations closer economic, military and diplomatic ties, following a decade of Chinese expansion.
    The comments, which were made without naming China, are reminiscent of former US President Barack Obama's unfulfilled pledge of an "Asia Pivot," made during a visit to Canberra - also a thinly disguised and largely abandoned strategy to check the advance of China.
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