Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa in Apia, capital of the island nation. Photo: AFP
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa in Apia, capital of the island nation. Photo: AFP

China-West rivalry hits the Pacific as Wang Yi comes calling with security deals

  • US-led IPEF signs up Fiji, and Australia asserts no-strings support for Pacific nations, as jostling with China over closer ties with region picks up pace
  • ‘Whoever controls these islands controls the Pacific Ocean’, China-based analyst notes

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa in Apia, capital of the island nation. Photo: AFP
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa in Apia, capital of the island nation. Photo: AFP
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