China strengthens Pacific bloc

China speaks to Pacific island nations to orchestrate an agreement on their relationship. Source: Supplied

Pacific nations have supposedly delivered a “warm congratulations” for the centenary of the Chinese communist party in the same breath that China has advocated for “democracy and freedom”.

The extraordinary remarks from the inaugural meeting of foreign ministers across the greater region that was held via a video link appears to have contradicted the values of China’s domestic politics.

The joint statement that was released from China was acting on behalf of the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

“All parties agreed that all (our) countries, regardless of their size, strength and wealth, are equals,” Foreign minister, Wang Yi, of China authorised in the department’s statement.

“All parties advocate peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom, which are the common values of humanity, and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.”

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China’s influence in the Pacific region has grown exponentially in recent years since a number of nations diplomatically recognised Beijing’s sovereignty over Taiwan.

“Pacific Island countries reaffirmed that they firmly abide by the one-China principle and stressed the importance of upholding the principle of non-interference of internal affairs in international relations,” a statement said.

But China in return pledges it will promote “the prosperity of the Pacific islands region”.

The eight Pacific states all welcomed China for “its longstanding and selfless assistance” in pointing out the assistance has played an integral role to promoting economic and social development in the region.

“All parties have called on the international community to provide more technological, financial and humanitarian support to Pacific Island countries to help them achieve independent and sustainable development,” a statement said.

Beijing also confirmed that it will establish a China-Pacific Island countries’ reserve of emergency supplies.

It stands ready to continue to provide vaccines in the Pacific and contribute to “achieving vaccine accessibility and affordability”.

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