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Pacific Update: China looms over Kiribati election, Cook Islands family battles for son's long hair

In this week's Pacific Update, we look at how China influenced a bitterly-fought election in Kiribati, and how a secret flight from Hong Kong with a Chinese businessman on board caused a storm in Papua New Guinea.

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We also look at Fiji's plans for a "Bula Bubble" to try and kick-start it's ailing tourism industry, and a Brisbane-based Cook Islands family's battle to keep their son's long hair.

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