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Newsline: Australia’s Top Diplomat Announces Third Pacific Trip in a Month

Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong announced her third visit to the Pacific in a month, the latest diplomatic step-up by Canberra in the region as the Chinese government also seeks to expand its influence. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-15/australia-s-top-diplomat-announces-third-pacific-trip-in-a-month) Wong will visit New Zealand for the first time since being sworn in as foreign minister on May 23, her office said in a statement Wednesday, followed by a trip to the Solomon Islands on Friday for meetings with Prime Minister Mannesseh Sogavare.

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