Beijing poised to outstrip Australia as largest donor for the first time, with Papua New Guinea the major beneficiary

China is set to overtake Australia as the largest donor to the Pacific region, after pledging US$4bn in aid to the region last year.

Australia has traditionally been the most significant donor to the Pacific, but in 2017 China committed to spending more than four times as much as Australia, data from the Lowy Institute thinktank published today shows.

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