Soft power: Australia uses hard game to tackle China in Pacific

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets with young rugby league players in Suva, Fiji, January 18, 2019. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts/via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will direct more foreign aid to develop the sport of rugby league in the Pacific, officials say, bolstering a soft power offensive against China’s growing influence in the region. The plan, backed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, aims to tap into a shared passion for the bruising game by funding more […]

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