Cheers mate: Australia to allow kava imports to bolster Pacific ties

A man orders four bowls of kava at a kava bar in Port Vila, capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will allow imports of the intoxicating drink kava, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, as it seeks to forge closer ties with its Pacific neighbours amid growing Chinese interest in the region. Australia and China have been vying for influence in sparsely populated Pacific island countries that control vast swathes […]

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