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Pacific nations 'very positive' on Australian re-engagement: PM

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Mot sure, but sounds like Australia is signing pacts and doing a lot of talking while China is getting down to action and getting things done

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Great that the PM thinks it is good but the proof is in the pudding. When the pacific nations start speaking and saying it is positive then we are on to something. Until then we are really still in the dark.

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Well it had not much options left so it is only taking the reasonable option. Chinas war mongering is getting out of control and no single country can oppose it, the US are still the least dangerous devil but taking care of things with a regional alliance is of course a much better way to do things.

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Although a security agreement was not among them

The proof is in the pudding i absolutely agree !

Lets not forget the many nuclear testing that Australia did in the region at the demise of the Pacific islanders.

Also France and the USA did nuclear testing.

Only now is the serious issue of climate change affecting the Pacific islands getting recognition and only because of Chinese expansion in the region.

Iam sceptical how sincere Australia is to the Pacific islands nations.

I suspect its rather selfish and double standard.

Australia can't possibly provide to the Pacific nations what China has to offer.

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So, the region is concerned about climate change, but the nation with a very high per capita carbon footprint is 'very welcome' according to it, while the world's leading producer of carbon free energy, and carbon free energy equipment, is 'causing tension' by signing cooperation agreements with country after country in the region.

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…discuss with his fellow foreign ministers a wide-ranging draft agreement and five-year plan, which was leaked last week.

As far as I know, most countries with five-year plans don’t make it so very long into the history books. lol

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Lets not forget the many nuclear testing that Australia did in the region at the demise of the Pacific islanders.

Australia has never had nuclear weapons, and certainly never tested any in the Pacific.

The British tested nuclear weapons in Australia between 1952-1963 at three locations.

The testing occurred at Maralinga, South Australia; Montebello Islands, Western Australia and Emu Field, South Australia.

At best, Australia was a junior partner and shared testing information from the British tests.

Iam sceptical how sincere Australia is to the Pacific islands nations.

Australia is many times more sincere than China is. Look at the fine print of the Chinese proposal.

I suspect its rather selfish and double standard.

There are always double standards when dealing with other nations. What is in it for the donor.

Australia can't possibly provide to the Pacific nations what China has to offer.

Yes, Australia can. And do it better, more open and without any restrictions on their sovereign rights and right to comment, disagree and change their minds. China is their biggest security risk since WWII. Lets hope they realise the danger.

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