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Not all plain sailing in China’s bid to woo Pacific island nations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives at a convention centre in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on June 1, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi went to the Pacific Islands with an ambitious agenda - sign a sweeping regional pact on security and trade with 10 Pacific Island nations.

That plan failed: The Pacific countries could not agree whether or not to sign on to the deal on Monday (May 30) during a virtual meeting with Mr Wang, deciding instead to defer a decision in order to hold consultations among themselves.

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