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China loses its way in the South Pacific

Wang Yi's eight-nation tour fails to impress

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Wang Yi, left, lock arms with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on May 26: Wang's strategic overreach put him off balance.   © Xinhua/AP

Michael Field is a veteran Pacific writer and journalist.

After China and Samoa established diplomatic ties in 1976, there was no grand ceremony. Instead, Beijing sent a troupe of acrobats from Chongqing to mark Samoa's 1977 independence day celebrations.

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