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Institute finds US still far more influential than China in the region

An Australian policy think tank has found that the hype around China's growing influence in the region is often overblown.

The Lowy Institute's latest report on power and influence in the Indo-Pacific has, in fact, revealed that the United States is again the most influential nation in the Indo-Pacific.

China placed second overall and the country only outranked the US in two of eight thematic measures.

There has been much debate recently about Beijing's influence in the Pacific, especially after China and Solomon Islands signed a security pact last year.

Last month Washington re-opened the US Embassy in Honiara.

As well as the security pact, the Beijing government has funded infrastructure for this year's Pacific Games which take place at the end of the year.

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