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Trump told reporters Friday that the Chinese response to USA trade demands was largely complete but was missing four or five big issues.

"China was angered that the reference to WTO blamed a country for unfair trade practices".

Citing data from China Global Investment Tracker, SCMP said China's investment in Papua New Guinea, especially for projects such as the construction of roads and ports, has gone up from US$860 million in 2016 to US$2.46 billion in 2017.

"They seemed to think that the "unfair trade practices" was some kind of singling out", the official contended.

"In the first instance, we'll look to Australia but it will depend on the nature of the partnership that is required", he said.

As he left the capital of Port Moresby, he listed USA differences with China, saying: "They begin with trade practices, with tariffs and quotas, forced technology transfers, the theft of intellectual property". He said a trade war would produce "no winners".

Pence continued his tirade against Beijing by refuting the ongoing trade war and threatened to double tariffs.

China's efforts to win friends in the resource-rich Pacific have been watched warily by the traditionally influential powers in the region - Australia and the United States. Those comments helped U.S. stocks erase losses, as investors bet on whether Trump will impose even more tariffs on Chinese goods than the $250 billion already in place. Later, Pence told reporters he was "very hopeful" the USA and China could reach a deal, but "things have to change" for that to happen.

Pence also knocked China for loans to developing countries in the Pacific and beyond.

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"A group of police were disgruntled over allowances and this morning they were misled".

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong echoed those fears last week, saying tensions between the United States and China are rising to a point where Southeast Asia may one day have to "choose one or the other".

While the United States can depend on allies like Japan, Australia, and Taiwan, nations such as South Korea and the Philippines that have defense arrangements with the United States would try to hedge, according to Minxin Pei, a China scholar and specialist in US-Asia relations.

China's growing military prowess and debt-fueled economic aid to smaller countries has increased concerns that it could seek a base for its armed forces in the Pacific or Indian Oceans. "On the contrary, their cooperation with China has helped them enhance their capacity for self-driven development and improved their people's livelihood", Hua said about Pence's allegations on loans.

A meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea has highlighted divisions between global powers the USA and China and a growing competition for influence in the usually neglected South Pacific. We welcome Chinese investment, we welcome U.S. investment.

One remarkable aspect of Xi Jinping's command performance in Port Moresby was his evident indifference to other leaders' views.

PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG, on the impact of a prolonged trade war between the USA and China on global growth. "If I do you'll push me further, if you do I'll push you further", he said.

The problem once again was the differing visions of the future by China and the US.

"The United States of America will continue to uphold the freedom of the seas and the skies, which are so essential to our prosperity", Pence said.

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