China is suffering from failure in the South Pacific

DECRYPTION – Like Fiji, which has rejected Beijing’s advances, many islands fear being drawn into Sino-American rivalry.

The peaceful Suva rarely experienced such a diplomatic murmur. The small capital of Fiji welcomed Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, on May 30 to culminate a long tour in the South Pacific that confirmed the growing ambitions of the second world economy in this long peripheral region, but a new share in the relentless rivalry between China and the United States. States. “The path to peace, prosperity and cooperation », said a mad diplomat who passed the message from President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit with his counterparts in the region under the scrutiny of Washington, Canberry or Paris. A few days ago, the new Australian Foreign Minister, Penny Wong, landed in Suva to declare the good intentions of the new Labor government of Anthony Albanese, the newly elected, towards a small archipelago now ruled by the great powers.

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Elliot Frost

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