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Wang South Pacific Tour Provokes Strong Response From Both Australia and New Zealand

Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo on May 24, 2022. ISSEI KATO / POOL / AFP

Anxieties in Australia and New Zealand about China’s growing influence in the Solomon Islands and the greater South Pacific had already been running high before Wang’s arrival on Wednesday. Now, however, those worries have moved into overdrive.

The governments in both Canberra and Wellington have taken high profile measures in the past 24 hours that appear aimed at blunting Beijing’s diplomatic push:

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