China not a factor in Australia’s Pacific aid – Bishop

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during her last visit to Fiji. Picture: FT FILE

CANBERRA, 11 MAY 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – China’s rising influence in the Pacific played no part in Australia increasing aid to the region, its foreign minister says. Australia’s US$970 million Pacific contribution now represents 30 percent of Australia’s total aid budget which remained frozen at U$S3.1 billion in the government’s annual budget announced this week. […]

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