‘We need to work together like never before’: Wong races back to the Pacific

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Australia's foreign minister will fly into Samoa and Tonga just days after Beijing’s top envoy signed new deals with the island nations. auspol

Penny Wong will race back to the Pacific to match China’s diplomatic advance, flying into Samoa and Tonga just days after Beijing’s top envoy signed new deals with the island nations.

China and Australia’s foreign ministers Wang Yi and Penny Wong are competing for influence in the Pacific region.Ahead of her flight on Wednesday night, Wong said Australia understood that the security of the Pacific “is the responsibility of the Pacific family, of which Australia is a part”. The Chinese Foreign Minister’s visit to Samoa over the weekend involved negotiations on climate change, pandemic recovery and police training. In Tonga on Tuesday, Wang committed China’s resources to disaster management agencies, a police laboratory and customs inspection equipment - sharpening Beijing’s focus on its humanitarian and security priorities. Wang was in Vanuatu on Wednesday. China, but Wednesday’s discussions have yet to be publicly released.

 

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Penny ' China is not your family. Australia is your family'

We wish you all the best - - Penny Wong❗️

The Pacific Island states should be taken seriously and honestly they need resources from both China and Australia to better their future..to cast everything in some geopolitical rivalry is to ignore how dependant nations are on each other in solving global challenges effectively

Too little; too late, but it is not Labor’s fault. The stuff up was caused by the Liberals!

After the savage criticism of the Coalition’s handling of the Pacific issue it will be great to see Wong show everyone how easy it is and turn it all around 👍🏻

Labor are already close to China......Can't even say China is a risk in the Pacific.

What a great way to tackle this Marie’s should have been doing this ages ago ah well three terms Penny easily

She has achieved more in a few days than Payne & co did in years …

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