China falls short on big Pacific deal but finds smaller wins

  • China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center, appears on stage at the Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers’ meeting with Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Monday, in Suva, Fiji. (Leon Lord/Fiji Sun via AP)

  • China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, appears on stage at the Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers' meeting with Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Monday, May 30, 2022, in Suva, Fiji. (Leon Lord/Fiji Sun via AP)

SUVA, Fiji — China fell short Monday on a bold plan to have 10 Pacific nations endorse a sweeping new agreement covering everything from security to fisheries as some in the region expressed deep concerns.