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Minister of Foreign Affairs Penny Wang promises to blitz the Pacific with a host of visits over the coming weeks as Australia grapples with the fallout from a new push by China to dramatically expand security and trade ties with the region.

On Wednesday, Reuters revealed that China would seek a regional agreement with nearly a dozen Pacific islands, covering police, security and data communications cooperation.

A draft communiqué and five-year action plan sent by Beijing to 10 Pacific islands ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers on May 30 has prompted pushback from at least one of the invited nations, who say it showed the China’s intention to control the region and “threatens stability”.

In a letter to 21 Pacific leaders, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President David Panuelo said his country would argue that the “pre-determined joint communiqué” should be rejected, as he fears it could trigger a new “cold war” between China and the West.

The ABC also obtained a copy of Mr. Panuelo’s letter – as well as the “Five-Year Action Plan for Common Development” and “Common Development Vision” that the Chinese government has offered to Pacific states – and checked the contents.

The two documents not only lay out a plan to expand police cooperation, but also propose a new China-Pacific free trade agreement, a new Chinese government envoy to the region, enhanced cybersecurity cooperation and a deeper cooperation in a multitude of sectors of agriculture. fishing and pandemic management.

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