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South Pacific Countries Balk at China’s Comprehensive Proposal, Dealing Visiting FM Wang Yi a Rare Public Setback

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi leaves after a joint press conference with Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in Fiji's capital city Suva. Leon LORD / AFP

Midway through Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s 10-day South Pacific tour and the trip, so far, is not going according to plan. Normally on these kinds of high-profile extended diplomatic excursions to strategically important regions, Chinese officials work hard to ensure that all parties are in alignment well in advance.

But that does not appear to have happened in this case.

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