China has suffered a big diplomatic humiliation in the pacific. 10 island nations in the region rejected China’s proposed security pact.
GS II- International Relations
Dimensions of the Article:
- Features of the Pact
- 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