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China woos Pacific islands with loans, showcase projects

  • In this Nov. 15, 2018, photo, a woman crosses the street near a billboard commemorating the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. As world leaders arrive in Papua New Guinea for a Pacific Rim summit, the welcome mat is especially big for China’s President Xi Jinping. With both actions and words, Xi has a compelling message for the South Pacific’s fragile island states, long both propped up and pushed around by U.S. ally Australia: they now have a choice of benefactors. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — As world leaders land in Papua New Guinea for a Pacific Rim summit, the welcome mat is especially big for China’s president.

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