China opened an embassy on a tiny, remote Pacific island during the pandemic. Here’s why
On a blue-sky day in May, as the coronavirus raged across the world, the Chinese flag was raised on a remote nation with a total population of 116,000, thousands of miles from Beijing.
Kiribati is the latest example of Beijing’s growing influence in the Pacific, which consists of a string of resource-rich islands that control vital waterways between Asia and America.
Australia steps in
“They can’t step back from any vacuum for fear that China might fill it.”