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China's offering reassurances about its step-by-step move into the Pacific.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi has failed to convince Pacific countries to sign up to a new wide-ranging trade and security pact, but has struck an agreement on areas of cooperation.
He's also urging us not to be too "anxious" or "nervous" about China's plans to play a greater role in our region.
Democracy Project international analyst Geoffrey Miller told Kate Hawkesby China is starting a long-term push for influence in the Pacific.
He says there's a growing polarisation between the east and west that will only continue to grow.
China has reached some wins, signing new economic development agreements with Fiji.
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