The Lowy Institute's Pacific Aid Map, updated today, shows China's aid to the region shrank by a third, to $US169 million ($232 million) in 2019, from $US246 million in 2018.
While China remained the region's fourth-largest donor, this was Beijing's lowest aid contribution since 2012.
The institute also found that China was "less generous," with a greater proportion of the aid coming as concessional loans rather than grants.
Mr. Pryke said Pacific countries might have woken up to China and decided they were no longer interested in the kind of deals Beijing was offering. They were reluctant to take on more debt, or, perhaps, China was prioritizing spending in other regions at home.
Link to Lowy Pacific Aid Map
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