South Pacific Island countries reject China’s regional security agreement
Recently, South Pacific Island countries have rejected China’s regional security agreement.
The 10 Pacific Island nations rejected the agreement on the draft trade and security communiqué proposed by China.
These 10 countries were concerned with the Chinese motives behind these agreements.
These countries include-
Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, East Timor, Niue etc.
- China has steadily strengthened its ties with the region on both economic and security fronts. For example, the value of Pacific Island countries’ trade with China has exceeded the value of their trade with Australia. Additionally, the Solomon Islands have signed a security agreement with China.
- This agreement will allow China to send its police/security personnel here. In addition, Chinese naval ships will also be allowed to use the island’s ports.
Source – The Hindu