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Pacific Leader Blasts China’s Botched Attempt to Strike Pact

  • China didn’t give Pacific enough time to consult, Puna says
  • Three-day gathering of region’s leaders concluded Thursday
An honour guard fires a gun salute during the Beating of the Retreat ceremony at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum.
An honour guard fires a gun salute during the Beating of the Retreat ceremony at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Photographer: WILLIAM WEST/POOL/AFP/Getty Images

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China’s attempt to strike a wide-ranging economic and security pact in the strategically important Pacific region fell apart in May because of Beijing’s rushed attempts at diplomacy.

The head of the Pacific Islands Forum held this week in Fiji said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had come to the region with an “outcomes document” already prepared, before any meetings had taken place with regional leaders themselves.