Deal proposed by China would dramatically expand security influence in Pacific

5/26/2022 10:30:00 AM

Deal proposed by China would dramatically expand security influence in Pacific

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Deal proposed by China would dramatically expand security influence in Pacific

Leaked copy of draft shows Beijing wants more involvement in policing, cybersecurity and marine mapping

, visiting eight countries in 10 days.The draft communique contains several substantial proposals, some new and others building on announcements made at the first China-Pacific foreign ministers meeting in October 2021, and is particularly revealing for a number of reasons.“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you, our Pacific family, in response to this crisis.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.

He meets with his Solomon Islands counterpart on Thursday. China is hoping the deal will be signed by 10 Pacific countries in next week when Wang hosts the second China-Pacific foreign ministers meeting. Economic cooperation is now linked to security First, the deal comprehensively aligns economic cooperation with security cooperation. Australia’s new foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong issued a statement in response to news of the draft agreement: “China has made its intentions clear [but] so too are the intentions of the new Australian government. We will hear you – your ideas for how we can face our shared challenges and achieve our shared aspirations together,” she said in a speech titled A New Era in Australian Engagement in the Pacific.” She will travel to Fiji on Thursday in an early sign of her determination to deepen the relationship with Pacific countries. It proposes substantial trade and investment initiatives, including a China-Pacific Islands Free Trade Area, which could potentially create friction with the existing regional free trade agreement: the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus). On Twitter, Fiji’s prime minister Frank Bainimarama, said he would meet Wong on Friday and Wang on Monday. 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.

In a clear reference to the proposed deal, he wrote: “I’ve been asked about Fiji’s agenda. It outlines the provision of intermediate and high-level police training for Pacific police forces and seeks to elevate law enforcement cooperation to ministerial levels through holding the inaugural ministerial dialogue on the topic later this year. “The triple challenges of climate, Covid and strategic contest will challenge us in new ways,” she said. At all tables, what matters most is our people and our planet, as well as respect for international law.” The deal reiterates China’s commitment to doubling bilateral trade volume by 2025 compared with 2018, and also promises to give an additional $US2m to Pacific island countries for Covid relief, as well as sending 200 Chinese medical personnel to Pacific countries over the next five years. Of significant national security concern are the proposed agreements on cooperation on data networks, cyber security, smart customs systems. China is also offering 2,500 government scholarships to the region and will send 5-10 art troupes to the islands, pending Covid rules.” Wong said she committed to working with, and listening to, this generation of Pacific leaders to navigate the challenges together. A key focus of the proposed deal is China’s involvement in Pacific security. It also includes an invitation to Pacific countries to participate in the Fengyun meteorological satellite system. 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 arrangement would see a dramatic expansion of China’s engagement with policing in the region, with the draft deal proposing to “expand law enforcement cooperation, jointly combat transnational crime and establish a dialogue mechanism on law enforcement capacity and police cooperation.” It puts a significant focus on China training Pacific police forces, something it is already involved in across the region, with China proposing to hold “intermediate and high-level police training” for Pacific island countries and as a matter of urgency to “hold the first China-Pacific Islands Countries ministerial dialogue on law enforcement capacity and police cooperation” later this year, as well as helping to construct laboratories for fingerprint testing, forensic autopsy, drugs, electronic and digital forensics. This could potentially undermine existing maritime surveillance mechanisms as well as the newly announced Quad initiated Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness initiative. The agreement will be discussed by Pacific leaders and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, who has , visiting eight countries in 10 days. The agreement also looks to strengthen cooperation on “cybersecurity” and promoting “formulating rules for global data governance”. The deal proposes the promotion of trade between the countries, including exploring the possibility of establishing a “Free Trade Area” with Pacific nations. 2. As well as seeking to expand mutual cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, energy, mining, IT, e-commerce, agriculture, forestry and fishery, China hopes for more direct investment in Pacific countries from “reputable Chinese enterprises”. A key focus of the proposed deal is China’s involvement in Pacific security.

In a proposal that will raise concerns, China also proposes jointly producing a “maritime spatial plan” and being involved in sensitive marine mapping, as well as allowing China to gain greater access to natural resources. This reflects increased confidence on Beijing’s part in its relationships with Pacific countries. .

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But haven't you been arguing that countries have the right to join whatever they want and make deals with whoever they want free of outside consequences? Ah right.. so this only works when its US approved deals and memberships. Got it. Pretty grim scenario. Nations potentially allowing a brutal totalitarian regime with a long history of human rights abuses to train their police forces and just as laughably, involve themselves in cyber security. All that and the threat of economic dependency on the CCP.

China entered the void left by a decade of neglect by the LNP China is a great power and behaves as one. That should not be a surprise to anyone.

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, visiting eight countries in 10 days.The draft communique contains several substantial proposals, some new and others building on announcements made at the first China-Pacific foreign ministers meeting in October 2021, and is particularly revealing for a number of reasons.“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you, our Pacific family, in response to this crisis.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.

He meets with his Solomon Islands counterpart on Thursday. China is hoping the deal will be signed by 10 Pacific countries in next week when Wang hosts the second China-Pacific foreign ministers meeting. Economic cooperation is now linked to security First, the deal comprehensively aligns economic cooperation with security cooperation. Australia’s new foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong issued a statement in response to news of the draft agreement: “China has made its intentions clear [but] so too are the intentions of the new Australian government. We will hear you – your ideas for how we can face our shared challenges and achieve our shared aspirations together,” she said in a speech titled A New Era in Australian Engagement in the Pacific.” She will travel to Fiji on Thursday in an early sign of her determination to deepen the relationship with Pacific countries. It proposes substantial trade and investment initiatives, including a China-Pacific Islands Free Trade Area, which could potentially create friction with the existing regional free trade agreement: the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus). On Twitter, Fiji’s prime minister Frank Bainimarama, said he would meet Wong on Friday and Wang on Monday. 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.

In a clear reference to the proposed deal, he wrote: “I’ve been asked about Fiji’s agenda. It outlines the provision of intermediate and high-level police training for Pacific police forces and seeks to elevate law enforcement cooperation to ministerial levels through holding the inaugural ministerial dialogue on the topic later this year. “The triple challenges of climate, Covid and strategic contest will challenge us in new ways,” she said. At all tables, what matters most is our people and our planet, as well as respect for international law.” The deal reiterates China’s commitment to doubling bilateral trade volume by 2025 compared with 2018, and also promises to give an additional $US2m to Pacific island countries for Covid relief, as well as sending 200 Chinese medical personnel to Pacific countries over the next five years. Of significant national security concern are the proposed agreements on cooperation on data networks, cyber security, smart customs systems. China is also offering 2,500 government scholarships to the region and will send 5-10 art troupes to the islands, pending Covid rules.” Wong said she committed to working with, and listening to, this generation of Pacific leaders to navigate the challenges together. A key focus of the proposed deal is China’s involvement in Pacific security. It also includes an invitation to Pacific countries to participate in the Fengyun meteorological satellite system. 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 arrangement would see a dramatic expansion of China’s engagement with policing in the region, with the draft deal proposing to “expand law enforcement cooperation, jointly combat transnational crime and establish a dialogue mechanism on law enforcement capacity and police cooperation.” It puts a significant focus on China training Pacific police forces, something it is already involved in across the region, with China proposing to hold “intermediate and high-level police training” for Pacific island countries and as a matter of urgency to “hold the first China-Pacific Islands Countries ministerial dialogue on law enforcement capacity and police cooperation” later this year, as well as helping to construct laboratories for fingerprint testing, forensic autopsy, drugs, electronic and digital forensics. This could potentially undermine existing maritime surveillance mechanisms as well as the newly announced Quad initiated Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness initiative. The agreement will be discussed by Pacific leaders and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, who has , visiting eight countries in 10 days. The agreement also looks to strengthen cooperation on “cybersecurity” and promoting “formulating rules for global data governance”. The deal proposes the promotion of trade between the countries, including exploring the possibility of establishing a “Free Trade Area” with Pacific nations. 2. As well as seeking to expand mutual cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, energy, mining, IT, e-commerce, agriculture, forestry and fishery, China hopes for more direct investment in Pacific countries from “reputable Chinese enterprises”. A key focus of the proposed deal is China’s involvement in Pacific security.

In a proposal that will raise concerns, China also proposes jointly producing a “maritime spatial plan” and being involved in sensitive marine mapping, as well as allowing China to gain greater access to natural resources. This reflects increased confidence on Beijing’s part in its relationships with Pacific countries. .