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Sir Don McKinnon: Former Foreign Minister on China's planned Pacific security pact

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Fri, 27 May 2022, 11:45am
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Sir Don McKinnon: Former Foreign Minister on China's planned Pacific security pact

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 27 May 2022, 11:45am

Fears China's latest plan for a security pact with the Pacific is designed to give them more influence in the area.

China has sent a draft to 10 Pacific countries, outlining a plan for policing, security and data communications cooperation.

It comes ahead of a meeting Foreign Minister Wang Yi is hosting in Fiji next week.

National's Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says it's deeply concerning and shows China's desire to deepen its involvement in Pacific affairs.

Sir Don McKinnon is not just our longest serving Foreign Minister but a Foreign Minister who annually took a plane load of MPs, NGOs, students, traders and civil servants around Pacific.

Sir Don McKinnon joined Kerre Woodham.

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