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Temporary setback for Wang Yi’s South Pacific agreement

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will apparently end his tour of the South Pacific without the desired outcome: A pre-prepared – and leaked – comprehensive security policy agreement between China and several countries in the region was reportedly already shelved earlier this week at a meeting of foreign ministers in Fiji, Washington Post reported. There had been general reluctance because the so-called security alliance with the Solomon Islands had led to criticism from Western countries, the newspaper reported. However, the agreement is given a prolonged consideration period and is not yet completely off the table.

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