China falls short on big Pacific deal but finds smaller wins

SUVA, Fiji (AP) – China has fallen short on its bold plan for 10 Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries.

But Foreign Minister Wang Yi has had plenty of smaller wins on his island-hopping tour of the region.

Wang was in Fiji on Monday for a key meeting with foreign ministers from 10 small Pacific nations.

He and Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama spoke at a news conference Monday but abruptly left as reporters tried to shout questions. That left many details undisclosed but it was clear the other nation’s hadn’t endorsed China’s plan.