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Tensions run high over China and refugees at Pacific meeting

Australian Foreign Minister Marice Payne, left, and New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters pose for a photo before their meeting in Nauru...
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, right, smiles at Australian Foreign Minister Marice Payne during their meeting in Nauru at the Pa...
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters speaks to the media after a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Marice Payne at the Pacific I...
National flags in Nauru for the Pacific Islands Forum on the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Pacific Islands Forum conference...

Australian Foreign Minister Marice Payne, left, and New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters pose for a photo before their meeting in Nauru...

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, right, smiles at Australian Foreign Minister Marice Payne during their meeting in Nauru at the Pa...

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters speaks to the media after a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Marice Payne at the Pacific I...

National flags in Nauru for the Pacific Islands Forum on the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Pacific Islands Forum conference...

NAURU (AP) — Tensions over China and refugees are running high at a meeting of Pacific leaders after host Nauru accused a Chinese official of bullying and temporarily detained a New Zealand journalist.

This week, Nauru is hosting the Pacific Islands Forum, attended by leaders from 18 member nations and delegations from other countries including the U.S. and China.

Nauru recognizes Taiwan and doesn't have diplomatic relations with China.

After a closed-door meeting at the forum on Tuesday, Nauru President Baron Waqa said a Chinese official demanded to be heard when other leaders were due to speak and was "very insolent about it."

Nauru police also detained 1 News journalist Barbara Dreaver for about three hours and revoked her forum accreditation after she interviewed a refugee outside a local restaurant.