Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently visited the South Pacific island countries, but the latest news pointed out that he failed to sign a security cooperation agreement with the 10 island countries. In this regard, Tang Jingyuan, a senior Chinese current affairs commentator of The Epoch Times, said today (31): “The real purpose of the CCP is to achieve political and economic manipulation of these island countries and to establish the CCP’s military presence there. If it is successfully signed, the CCP will It is equivalent to having 10 bases on the doorstep of the United States and Australia.”
Tang Jingyuan pointed out that a related draft shows that China plans to cooperate with 10 South Pacific island countries on “traditional and non-traditional security” issues, including expanding law enforcement, training local police, and strengthening cooperation in data communications and marine fisheries. , and built Confucius Institutes to promote China’s ideology.
China confirmed in April that it had signed a security agreement with the Solomon Islands, raising concerns. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stressed that the agreement “conforms to the common interests of the Solomon Islands and the South Pacific region” and retains the clause “to maintain social order”. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare responded that the agreement will not undermine regional peace and harmony.
Tang Jingyuan mentioned that according to the content of the agreement, the Solomon Islands government will allow China to send troops to protect Chinese personnel and important projects in the country, conduct ship visits, logistics supplies and transit in the country, and can also ask China to send police, military personnel and other forces.
In this regard, Tang Jingyuan said bluntly: “The real purpose of the CCP is to achieve political and economic control over these island countries and establish the CCP’s military presence there. If the CCP’s security agreements with these 10 island countries can be successfully signed, it will only mean that There is one thing: the CCP has 10 bases on the doorstep of the United States and Australia, which will be a turning point in the game of breaking the strategic containment of the Indo-Pacific.”
He believes that China’s move will certainly cause a backlash in Australia and New Zealand. After the agreement was confirmed, Australia’s Pacific Affairs Minister Sassaga and Foreign Minister Payne said in a statement: “Our consistent view, including from the standpoint of Australia’s national interest, remains that the Pacific family is best suited to meet this security needs of the region” and was “deeply disappointed” by the signing of the agreement, and also worried about the lack of transparency in the formulation of the content.
Australia’s Labor Party, which is seen as pro-China, called the deal “the biggest failure of Australia’s foreign policy in the Pacific in 80 years”. As for New Zealand, the country’s foreign minister, Nanaia Mahuta, also expressed “sadness” about the deal. The agreement was announced as the United States sent a high-level delegation to meet Solomon Islands leaders and warned China of the need for a response to establishing a permanent military presence in the Solomon Islands.
Tang Jingyuan said that the Australian media revealed in 2018 that China and Vanuatu, an island country in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean, had started contacts and initially discussed the issue of permanent troop garrison, but both sides denied it at the time. In 2019, a Chinese company signed a contract with the Solomon Islands to develop “special economic zones” in the central province of the country. According to the agreement, China will provide an airport, a fishing base and a deep-water oil and gas terminal. After the agreement was exposed, it was rejected by the Solomon government.
Reuters also exposed an undisclosed plan in which China is preparing to cooperate with the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati to upgrade the country’s airports, bridges, and restore bases where military aircraft were stationed during World War II.
China continues to expand outward, Tang Jingyuan analyzed: “These projects are all in the name of economic cooperation and commercial development, but in fact, a little inspection will reveal that these projects have little to do with the actual needs of local economic activities, and their investment amounts Much higher than the scale of local economic activity, showing that China does not seem to expect a return on investment from the project itself.”
In addition, “the CCP’s negotiation of these projects basically requires that the projects can be used for a long time and managed independently. The focus of investment and construction is not an airport or a deep-water port, and the selected location basically has important strategic value, and a very prominent feature is that It has a high degree of overlap with the strategic points occupied by the Japanese during World War II.”
Tang Jingyuan believes that China is constructing its own version of the Indo-Pacific strategy, deploying military forces in the South Pacific island countries in a “leapfrog” model, threatening the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently visited the South Pacific island countries, but the latest news pointed out that he failed to sign a security cooperation agreement with the 10 island countries.
Tang Jingyuan, a senior Chinese commentator on current affairs, said: “The real purpose of the CCP is to achieve political and economic manipulation of these island countries and to establish the CCP’s military presence there.
If the signing is successful, the CCP will have 10 bases on the doorstep of the United States and Australia
China is trying to build a military airport in the South Pacific island country of Kiribati.Figure: Retrieved from Weibo
The Republic of Kiribati is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and is of great strategic value. China is trying to build a military airport here. Image: Capture Google Map