Pacific island nations eye China`s rise
By Kathleen Hwang Mar 27, 2006, 16:44 GMT
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TOKYO, Japan (UPI) -- China`s insatiable appetite for energy and natural resources,
and its desire to secure the sea lanes through which such resources are transported,
are propelling the country`s outreach to even the smallest of the Pacific Islands,
leaders from the island nations heard last week at a convention in Tokyo.
China`s determination to undermine Taiwan`s influence in the South Pacific is
prompting generous assistance in infrastructure projects, such as building sports
complexes in Fiji and Kiribati, and providing cargo ships to Vanuatu.
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