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Wang Yi’s South Pacific Tour Didn’t Go as Well as Planned… But That’s OK, He’ll Be Back

Wang Yi's controversial tour of the South Pacific will finally come to an unceremonious end on Saturday. PR-wise this wasn't Beijing's finest moment. My guess is the post-mortem next week at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing is going to be very ...

Australia Breathes a Big Sigh of Relief After Pacific Island Countries Push Back Against China

You can see from the expression on visiting Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong's face the palpable relief from the reception that she received in Fiji over the weekend and, no doubt, to the news that as a group, Pacific Island Countries balked at China's plan to deepen ...

Wang South Pacific Tour Provokes Strong Response From Both Australia and New Zealand

Anxieties in Australia and New Zealand about China's growing influence in the Solomon Islands and the greater South Pacific had already been running high before Wang's arrival on Wednesday. Now, however, those worries have moved into overdrive. The governments in both ...

China’s Foreign Minister to Visit Seven Pacific Island States

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is embarking on a ten-day tour of Pacific Island states this week. Kicking off with the Solomon Islands, the tour will also take Wang to Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and East Timor. The trip will run ...

Western Governments Expected to Fret Anew When Wang Yi Travels to the Solomon Islands to Sign Security Pact

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to embark on a three-nation tour of the South Pacific this week that will include a stop in the Solomon Islands where he will sign a controversial new security agreement.

The Solomon Islands’ Deal with China Highlights Western Dilemmas

China’s newly-signed security deal with the Solomon Islands is positioning the archipelago state at the center of global strategic disputes between China and Western powers. This has important implications for Africa and other regions in the Global South. The ...

A Full-on Freak Out is Underway About China’s New Security Pact With the Solomon Islands

A joint security agreement between the Solomon Islands and China is sparking considerable anxiety among government officials, security analysts, and scholars in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States who see it as a direct challenge to both countries' military interests in the Pacific.

China’s Australia Tensions a Win for South African Wines 

South Africa doubled its exports of wine to China last year, following the souring of relations between Beijing and its biggest wine seller, Australia. While we’ve seen sporadic reports of how Western Cape wine farmers are leaning into their ...

Solomon Islands Claps Back at Australia for China Pressure

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare hit out at critics of the Pacific Island nation’s recent security deal with China. The contract of the deal was recently leaked, raising alarm in New Zealand and Australia about a possible Chinese military presence ...

Major Setback For Chinese Mining Interests in Guinea as Junta Suspends Simandou Iron Ore Project

China's long-term ambition to reduce its dependence on Australian iron ore suffered a major setback late last week when Guinea's ruling junta ordered the immediate suspension of all activities at the massive Simandou mine. Interim President Mamady ...
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