SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will soon offer millions of dollars in funding for infrastructure projects in the Pacific, two sources familiar with the plan told Reuters, as part of its efforts to undercut Chinese influence.
Australia has long enjoyed nearly unchecked prominence in the Pacific but its position has been challenged by China in recent years as it increases its aid to the sparsely populated region that controls vast swathes of resource-rich ocean.
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China denies it is seeking a sphere of influence in Pacific, insisting it gives aid to help with economic development.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last year Australia would create a fund to offer Pacific countries up to A$3 billion ($2.07 billion) in cheap loans and grants to cement its position in what he declared was “our patch”.
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