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AustraliaPNG leader to visit Australia as it seeks to shore up its Pacific influence

12:21  16 july  2019
12:21  16 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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The PNG leader asked that the world recognise the impact of climate change on the Pacific was not simply economic, but existential. Shorten said Australia needed a “credible” position on its own emissions in order to be an effective advocate at Paris.

Australia hosted a barbeque of Pacific leaders after the APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea Australia is ramping up co-operation with the Pacific after a major international summit ended in a And Australia , the US, Japan and New Zealand will jointly fund a major electrification project in PNG .

PNG leader to visit Australia as it seeks to shore up its Pacific influence© Getty Images James Marape.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape will make a state visit to Australia, its government said on Tuesday, as it seeks to cement its position with Pacific island's new leader amid rising competition for influence in the region.

Marape, who will be accompanied by several cabinet ministers on his visit next week, will be the first foreign leader to visit Australia since the re-election of Prime Minister Scott Morrison in May.

"Discussions will focus on opportunities to boost trade and investment, ways to address shared regional challenges, and strengthening our bilateral cooperation on labour mobility, defence and security," Morrison's office said in a statement.

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Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation, Pacific Islands Forum, and the ASEAN Plus Six mechanism. With the loss of its American colonies in 1783, the British Government sent a fleet of ships, the "First Australia 's size gives it a wide variety of landscapes, with tropical rainforests in the north-east

Australia ’s ability to influence Pacific island states effectively in pursuit of its strategic interests has been limited by two factors, and is being increasingly The region will look first to Australia to respond to future crises, be they artificially created or natural disasters. However, as Australia ’s ability to

Marape will be in Australia from July 21 to July 26.

Australia has long enjoyed nearly unchecked influence in the Pacific but its position has been challenged by China in recent years as it increases aid to the sparsely populated region that controls vast swathes of resource-rich ocean.

China denies it is seeking a sphere of influence in the Pacific, saying its aid is to help with economic development.

PNG has in recent years turned increasingly to China for financing and China forged a particularly strong relationship with PNG's former prime minister, Peter O'Neil.

O'Neil was the first Pacific leader to sign up to China's Belt and Road infrastructure-building programme. He met President Xi Jinping more than a dozen times during his time in office, stoking fears in Australia that its influence in PNG was waning.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Morrison and PNG leader meet in Canberra.
Papua New Guinean Prime Minister James Marape has received a ceremonial welcome after arriving at Parliament House, but things quickly came down to business.

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