Australia says China has no role in Pacific policing as Marcos pledges “the Philippines is now on the front line”

Australia has said China should have “no role” in policing the Pacific islands. After it emerged that Chinese police were operating in Kiribati, Australia’s Pacific Minister Pat Conroy promised to train more local security forces. The US also warned Pacific island nations against aiding Chinese security forces, which “risks escalating regional and international tensions”. Meanwhile, the Philippine president told Australia’s parliament that he would not allow any foreign power to take “one square inch” of the country’s territory. Marcos’ Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese, praised the Philippines as a “strategic partner” on 29 February. This comes as Australia has invited Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to visit in late March. Watch the video to find out more.