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China Denies Stoking Geopolitical Battle With US in Pacific

  • Wang Yi said Beijing has no aim to deepen military engagement
  • Comes as Australia’s top diplomat visits region promising aid
Wang Yi 

Wang Yi 

Photographer: Leon Lord/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his country has no desire to engage in “geopolitical competition” over influence of Pacific islands nations, during his marathon tour of the region.

“China has no intention of competing with anyone, let alone engaging in geopolitical competition, and has never established a so-called sphere of influence,” Wang said Tuesday after meeting Tongan Foreign Minister Fekitamoeloa Utoikamanu, according to a Chinese government readout.