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China makes inroads on Pacific aid but Australia remains the stalwart, study finds

2018-08-09 09:46:58       source:Brisbane Times

August 8, 2018

Chinese infrastructure in the Pacific island region built through soft loans appears to have peaked and a “hangover is setting in” as countries have to start repaying debts, a major study has found.

The Lowy Institute has painstakingly gathered figures on all development projects in the neighbourhood from 2011 to 2016 and concluded that while Chinese aid has grabbed attention by focussing on headline-generating projects, Australia remains the most important donor to the region.

An exception is Papua New Guinea, which has signed up to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative and would see a steep climb in Chinese infrastructure spending if a proposed $4.7 billion national road project goes ahead.

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