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China And Australia's Dueling Pacific Tours Make Final Stops

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and East Timorese Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak applaud during their meeting in Dili, East Timor, Friday, June 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Lorenio Do Rosario Pereira)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and East Timorese Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak applaud during their meeting in Dili, East Timor, Friday, June 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Lorenio Do Rosario Pereira)
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Dili, East Timor (AP) -- The foreign ministers of Australia and China were both making their final stops Friday on what has become an island-hopping diplomatic duel in the South Pacific.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong arrived in Tonga where she met with Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku and other officials including King Tupou VI. Her visit came just three days after China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi held similar meetings in Tonga.