China’s Pacific plan seen as a regional strategic game-changer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – When China signed a security pact With the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the US and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the South Pacific, an area of ​​traditional American naval dominance. But China upped the ante further this week, reaching out … Read more

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region. A draft of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press shows that China wants to train … Read more