Australia-China rivalry heats up over Pacific islands

Chinese President Xi Jinping's motorcade in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, where he is attending the Apec Summit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's motorcade in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, where he is attending the Apec Summit.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Fifty Chinese shopkeepers and traders waving red flags and banners make for an unusual sight in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

As the group of Fujianese waited by the road to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping, locals greeted them in turn with honking horns, thumbs-up signals and shouts of ni hao (hello) from public buses.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2018, with the headline 'Australia-China rivalry heats up over Pacific islands'. Print Edition | Subscribe