Expert: ‘The Sword Is Being Thrust Into the South Pacific’

Epoch Times
Date: December 17, 2019
By: Bonnie Evans

This aerial photo taken on January 2, 2017 shows a Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea.
The aircraft carrier is one of the latest steps in the years-long build-up of China’s military, as Beijing seeks greater global power to match its economic might and asserts itself more aggressively in its own backyard.
/ AFP / STR / China OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP via Getty Images)

China is moving into the South Pacific in major and menacing ways, according to a panel of experts who convened at the Global Taiwan Institute on Dec. 9 to discuss China’s growing presence and influence in the island nations of the South Pacific.

China’s recent efforts in the region have paid off diplomatically.

Both the Solomon Islands and Kiribati switched their diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to the People’s Republic of China in September.

“The sword is being thrust into the South Pacific,” said retired Navy Capt. James Fanell, a former director of intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, specializing in Indo-Asia Pacific security affairs, with an emphasis on the Chinese navy and its operations.

And “unless we do something together with Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Japan, then the Chinese will win.”    [FULL  STORY]