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China says Pacific aid has no political strings

August 10, 2018 9:50 AM
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s aid to countries in the Pacific has no political strings attached and is not aimed at any third party, the country’s foreign ministry said on Friday, after a think-tank said China has become the second-largest aid donor in the South Pacific.

China’s $1.3 billon-worth of donations and concessionary loans since 2011 trails Australia’s $6.6 billion, figures compiled by Australia’s Lowy Institute show, but it is more than New Zealand’s $1.2 billion.

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