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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.
Otago University international relations expert Robert Patman told Mike Hosking it's designed to give them more power.
He says it looks like an escalation of China's interests in the Pacific.