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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