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Pacific Nations Reject China Security Pact

Context:

China has suffered a big diplomatic humiliation in the pacific. 10 island nations in the region rejected China’s proposed security pact.

Relevance:

GS II- International Relations

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Features of the Pact
  2. Why did Pacific Nations reject?

Features of the Pact

  • China has proposed to significantly up its activity in the South Pacific, directly threatening the US and its allies’ dominance in the strategically important region.
  • Beijing was supposed to:
    • Train Pacific island police,
    • Become involved in cybersecurity,
    • Strengthen political ties,
    • Conduct sensitive maritime mapping,
    • Gain more access to natural resources on land and in the water
  • As a bribe, Beijing is promising millions of dollars in financial aid, as well as the possibility of a lucrative China-Pacific islands free trade pact and access to China’s massive market.

Why did Pacific Nations reject?

  • The offer was deemed “disingenuous” and would “guarantee Chinese influence in government” as well as “economic control” of critical businesses.
  • A lack of regional consensus was also acknowledged by the nations. 

-Source: The Hindu


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