China visa spat almost derailed Pacific leaders summit in Nauru

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Leaders threatened to boycott the Pacific Islands Forum after host nation Nauru sparked a visa row with China

A visa row between China and host nation Nauru almost derailed the Pacific’s largest annual diplomatic summit, it emerged on Tuesday, exposing sensitivities about Beijing’s rising influence in the region.

As formal discussions began at the 18-nation Pacific Islands Forum, leaked letters revealed some members threatened to boycott the meeting over Nauru’s treatment of Chinese delegates.

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