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China says nobody can stand in its way in Pacific island cooperation

BEIJING: No country can block China’s cooperation with island nations in the Pacific and the area is no country’s sphere of influence, a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, just ahead of a summit between President Xi Jinping and Pacific island leaders. Australia, in particular, has been vying for influence with China in sparsely populated Pacific island countries that control vast swathes of resource-rich oceans. Australia will offer Pacific countries up to A$3 billion ($2.18 billion) in grants and cheap loans to build…