China visa spat almost derailed Pacific leaders summit in Nauru

Leaders, including Nauru President Baron Waqa (centre in red shirt) at the opening ceremony of the Pacific Islands Forum in Yaren on Monday. Photograph: Mike Leyral/AFP/Getty Images

YAREN,05 SEPTEMBER 2018 (THE GUARDIAN) – A visa row between China and host nation Nauru almost derailed the Pacific’s largest annual diplomatic summit, it emerged on Tuesday, exposing sensitivities about Beijing’s rising influence in the region. As formal discussions began at the 18-nation Pacific Islands Forum, leaked letters revealed some members threatened to boycott the […]

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