Australia signs security pact with Tuvalu amid China’s rising influence in the Pacific

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell discusses Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s new deal with the island nation of Tuvalu amid China’s rising influence in the Pacific.

Australia will allow 280 immigrants a year in exchange for the country agreeing it would not sign any other security deals with other countries.

“A clear attempt to stop that island nation joining the Solomon Islands in entering into such agreements with China,” Mr Clennell said.

The US administration was reportedly informed about the deal when Anthony Albanese visited Washington last month for a state dinner with US President Joe Biden.

Mr Clennell said Australia views the agreement as “the sort of thing” only a middle power can pull off.