CANBERRA., Australia | Australia details investment in Pacific as China clout grows

CANBERRA., Australia | Australia details investment in Pacific as China clout grows

CANBERRA., Australia— Australia’s prime minister on Thursday outlined plans to increase investments in infrastructure in the South Pacific as China’s influence in those nations grows.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also detailed plans for greater military and diplomatic engagement with Australia’s island neighbors who are increasing looking to China for aid through Beijing’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure program.

“My government is returning the Pacific to where it should be — front and center of Australia’s strategic outlook, foreign policy and personal connections, including at the highest levels of government,” Morrison said in a speech.

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