China's Foreign Minister Is Visiting the South Pacific. Here's What's at Stake

5/26/2022 5:33:00 PM

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific this week. Here's what's at stake

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific this week. Here's what's at stake

Wang Yi's trip this week is seen as a display of Beijing's growing military and diplomatic presence in the region

APBEIJING — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing’s growing military and diplomatic presence in the region.Where is Wang Yi headed?Read more:The streets of downtown Honiara seen on December 6, 2021 as the Solomon Islands' embattled Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare faced a no-confidence vote and international peacekeepers were deployed in the crisis-hit capital

Under leader Xi Jinping, China has been expanding its foreign economic and diplomatic clout through the Belt and Road Initiative that seeks to link East Asia with Europe and beyond through ports, railways, power plants and other infrastructure.The results have been mixed, with client states such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan falling deeply in debt and developed nations citing national security grounds in banning Chinese government-backed companies including telecoms giant Huawei. The South Pacific, however, remains relatively open for Chinese advances at low cost and potentially high reward.

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China to visit Solomon Islands amid fears Beijing is seeking greater influence in Pacific regionChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will also visit Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Fiji. The 10-day tour has sparked major fears about influence in the region among Western powers. simple. australia & nz should sign a security deal with taiwan. tit for tat 👌🏼

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi Is Visiting the South Pacific This Week.“uptick in tempo” , as it looks to cement relationships and sign economic, infrastructure and security deals.Read more Despite speculation about the trip for weeks, China’s foreign ministry refused to answer questions about the potential visit until Tuesday night, on the eve of the trip.Tuesday 24 May 2022 16:33, UK Image: Why you can trust Sky News China's foreign minister is visiting the Solomon Islands this week amid Western fears that Beijing is seeking greater influence in the Pacific.

Here's What's at Stake China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi Is Visiting the South Pacific This Week. Here's What's at Stake China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center, is escorted from his plane on his arrival in Honiara, Solomon Islands, early Thursday, May 26, 2022. Solomon Islands government has confirmed to the Guardian that “a number of MOUs” will be signed during the visit, which will be announced on Thursday evening. Wang and a 20-strong delegation arrived in the Solomon Islands Thursday at the start of an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing concerns about Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the South Pacific region. Georgina Kekea, the president of the Media Association of Solomon Islands, said getting information about the Wang’s visit to the country, including an itinerary, had been very difficult. AP Associated Press May 26, 2022 5:55 AM EDT BEIJING — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing’s growing military and diplomatic presence in the region. Even then, foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin refused to confirm when Wang Yi would arrive in Solomon Islands. The U. Advertisement The concerns have been further fuelled after an announcement by China's foreign ministry that Mr Wang will follow his trip to the Solomon Islands with others to Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and East Timor.

S. Georgina Kekea, the president of the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI), said getting information about the Wang’s visit to the country, including an itinerary, had been very difficult. She said there was just one press event scheduled in Honiara during Wang’s two-day visit – on Thursday – but that only journalists from two Solomon Islands’ newspapers, the national broadcaster, and Chinese media were permitted to attend. has traditionally been the area’s major power, but China has been pursuing inroads, particularly with the Solomon Islands, a nation less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) from Australia. In a sign of Australia’s concern, new Foreign Minister Penny Wong is heading to Fiji less than a week after her Labor Party won national elections. I don’t know how to term that, whether its restriction of the press, I guess it is,” she said. Below is a look at Wang’s tour and its likely outcomes. Kekea said the reason given was concern about Covid, but she felt that was “just an excuse”. Where is Wang Yi headed? Wang is due to stop in the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and East Timor on a 10-day trip. Reporters such as Kekea, who often work for international outlets such as the Guardian and Al Jazeera, have not been granted credentials for the event. His administration has pledged to set up a Pacific defence school that would train nearby armies to counter a potential Chinese military presence on the Solomon Islands.

The visits emphasize China’s push for engagement with the region, which has traditionally retained close ties with Beijing’s major rivals including the United States and Australia. China has also waged a protracted struggle for influence because of Taiwan. Kekea said the reason given was concern about Covid, but she felt that was “just an excuse”. “It’s quite worrying for us, we really have good freedom to do our work, but when it comes to these events, they seem to be blocking us. China considers the self-governed island its own territory and opposes foreign interactions that treat Taiwan as autonomous and independent, but four South Pacific island nations are among Taiwan’s dwindling number of formal diplomatic allies. Read more: President Biden’s Vow To Defend Taiwan Is Bold but Incredibly Risky A more robust Chinese presence in the South Pacific could enable its naval forces to make port calls and possibly put personnel and equipment at a base in the area. MASI has called on media outlets granted accreditation to boycott the event in solidarity with colleagues who have been shut out. That would complicate U. Dorothy Wickham, a veteran Solomon Islands’ journalist, wrote earlier this month that since the draft security deal leaked she has seen a media “blackout” unlike anything she has experienced in her three decades in journalism.

S. “It’s quite worrying for us, we really have good freedom to do our work, but when it comes to these events, they seem to be blocking us. defense strategy, particularly over contingency plans for any Chinese move to take Taiwan that would likely draw in Japan and other allies. The streets of downtown Honiara seen on December 6, 2021 as the Solomon Islands' embattled Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare faced a no-confidence vote and international peacekeepers were deployed in the crisis-hit capital MAVIS PODOKOLO/AFP via Getty Images What’s behind China’s new diplomatic push? Under leader Xi Jinping, China has been expanding its foreign economic and diplomatic clout through the Belt and Road Initiative that seeks to link East Asia with Europe and beyond through ports, railways, power plants and other infrastructure. It has not been made public or shared with members of parliament, despite the Opposition calling for this to happen. Vanuatu has just signed a contract with China for the construction of a new runway extension at Pekoa airport on the island of Santo, to allow access for larger aircraft, making it accessible for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Read more: Find out why Xi Jinping is one of the 100 most influential people of 2022 The results have been mixed, with client states such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan falling deeply in debt and developed nations citing national security grounds in banning Chinese government-backed companies including telecoms giant Huawei. The South Pacific, however, remains relatively open for Chinese advances at low cost and potentially high reward. Of the upcoming visit, Wickham tweeted: “Well, let’s hope we are treated with some form of respect and given a press conference after all formalities are completed.

China has mostly sat on the sidelines over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its top leaders haven’t left the country in more than two years amid strict anti-COVID measures and deteriorating ties with the U. “These are sovereign countries who will pursue deals based on their national interests,” she said.S. Vanuatu has just signed a contract with China for the construction of a new runway extension at Pekoa airport on the island of Santo, to allow access for larger aircraft, making it accessible for the delivery of humanitarian aid., Canada and the EU. With Xi seeking a third five-year term as head of the ruling Communist Party, a foreign policy victory would help cement his authority and fend off criticism of his handling of the pandemic and its economic costs. Dr Anna Powles, a senior lecturer in security studies at Massey University in New Zealand, said that while Australia, New Zealand and the US will be watching China’s Pacific tour closely, there is not much they can or should do to prevent sovereign Pacific nations signing deals with China. What’s in the pact between China and Solomon Islands? The agreement could allow China to send security forces to the Solomons at its government’s request for what are described as peacekeeping duties.

It would also enable Chinese navy ships to make port calls to resupply and provide recreation for sailors, possibly leading to a permanent presence in the islands. “What Australia, New Zealand and the US can do is seek to be better partners and seek to deepen those relationships so that when deals like these are being made, New Zealand and Australia particularly, can support Pacific countries to get the best deal possible … and from a strategic point of view that reduces the permission space that China can operate in. The United States has said it would take unspecified action against the Solomon Islands if the agreement with China poses a threat to U.S. or allied interests. What is Australia’s major concern? Apart from worries over Chinese expansion across the vast Pacific, under its new government, Australia has urged Beijing to lift trade sanctions if it wants to reset their bilateral relationship.

The Chinese premier’s congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on his election victory was widely seen as a relaxation of Beijing’s two-year ban on high-level government contact with Australia. Premier Li Keqiang said China was ready to work with Australia to improve ties, which plummeted after Australia passed legislation targeting Chinese influence in its elections and political discourse. Read more: In retaliation, China has created a series of official and unofficial trade barriers in recent years to a range of Australian exports worth billions of dollars including coal, wine, barley, beef and seafood. What other plans does China have in the South Pacific region? According to a draft of an agreement obtained by The Associated Press, China wants 10 Pacific nations to enter into an arrangement with it covering everything from security to fisheries. The draft shows that China wants to expand law enforcement cooperation, jointly develop a fisheries plan, increase cooperation on running the region’s internet networks, and set up cultural Confucius Institutes and classrooms.

Wang is hoping the countries will endorse the pre-written agreement as part of a joint communique after a May 30 meeting in Fiji with the other foreign ministers. More Must-Read Stories From TIME .