China offers South Pacific nations security, free trade agreements

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) is just starting an extensive tour of South Pacific nations in an effort to bring them under Beijing’s umbrella. – EPA pic, May 26, 2022.

CHINA has put forward plans to dramatically expand security and economic co-operation with South Pacific nations, in what one regional leader called a thinly veiled effort to lock them into “Beijing’s orbit”.

The wide-ranging draft agreement and a five-year plan, both obtained by AFP, will be the subject of discussion during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s tour of Pacific nations, which began today.

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