China's expectation to sign exchange and security management Pacific island countries might come up short

China's expectation to sign exchange and security management Pacific island countries might come up short

China's expectation to sign exchange
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Fiji. (May 30, 2022)


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday (May 30) urged Pacific island nations not to be "too suspicious" of China's intentions after the foreign ministers' meeting between China and the Pacific island nations postponed consideration of signing a broad joint statement on trade and security. Wang Yi said that further discussions are needed to form more consensus.


Wang Yi visited eight of the Pacific island countries within 10 days from May 26 to June 4. On May 30, Wang Yi co-chaired the China-Pacific Island Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Fiji. China's attempts to forge broader security ties in the Pacific region have raised serious concerns in countries including Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

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Reuters reported that a draft joint declaration and five-year action plan circulated by China ahead of Wang Yi's trip showed Beijing was seeking a broad regional trade and security agreement with the district in regions, for example, policing, security, and information correspondences. To make the proposal more attractive, Beijing has offered tens of millions of dollars in financial aid, a free-trade deal with Pacific island nations, and access to China's huge market of 1.4 billion people.


However, the cooperation draft and action plan were opposed by at least one of the invited countries. The president of the Federated States of Micronesia sent a letter to the leaders of 21 Pacific countries calling for opposition to the Chinese-drafted declaration, saying China was trying to control the region's communications networks, oceans, and resources, and to increase its ties with Australia, New Zealand and Australia in the region. , the risk of military conflict between Japan and the United States.

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The Cook Island resistance pioneer and previous top state leader of Fiji are likewise careful about China's expectations.

China's expectation to sign exchange
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Fijian Prime Minister Bai Nimarama (right) attend the Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Fiji. (May 30, 2022)


In addition, an official in a Pacific island country told Reuters that other countries wanted to make changes or delay decisions.


After the meeting, Wang Yi told the media in Fiji that China will publish its own position paper on cooperation with Pacific island countries, suggestions, and proposals. In the future, in-depth discussions and consultations will continue to form more consensus on cooperation.

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Wang Yi said that some countries doubt China's motives for being so active in the Pacific island countries. His reaction was that China additionally upholds non-industrial nations in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Wang Yi also urged Pacific island countries not to be too anxious and nervous about China's intentions.

One of the hosts of the foreign ministers' meeting, Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, said after the meeting that "consensus is a priority". He said the broad agreement was necessary before any "new regional agreement" could be signed.

China's expectation to sign exchange
On May 23, 2022, Australia's new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (center) was sworn in with the new Cabinet Minister Jim Chalmers (left), the new Foreign Minister Huang Yingxian (second from the left), and the new Deputy Prime Minister Richard Mars and new Treasury Secretary Katie Gallagher (right) pose for a souvenir photo


To counter China's active influence on Pacific island countries, the new Australian government has also made the latest diplomatic efforts. The new foreign minister, Penny Wong, visited Fiji on May 26, before Wang Yi arrived in Fiji, stressing that Australia will work closely with the Pacific island countries without any strings attached.

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New Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will also visit Indonesia and Papua New Guinea soon. Albanese and Huang Yingxian will also attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in mid-July.


Some observers have said that if China cannot sign trade and security agreements with the ten Pacific island countries this time, some of them will still seek to sign a separate agreement with China.


The Solomon Islands and China secretly signed a hitherto undisclosed security pact. The agreement, some of which was leaked on the Internet, shows that China may send troops to the Solomon Islands and set up military bases. This has made Australia, New Zealand, and the United States deeply concerned about China's activities in the South Pacific region and is trying to strengthen their interaction with countries in the region.

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