onsdag 30. mars 2022

The Solomon Islands deal with China isn’t about security – and it will hurt the Pacific

The proposed security deal between Solomon Islands and China may appear to be all about security, but it is in fact counterproductive to the security interests of Solomon Islands and the Pacific Islands region. Prime minister Manasseh Sogavare seems to be oblivious to the issues surrounding the draft deal and may see it as a move that would cement his grip on political power.

The Solomons has never been threatened by external forces, nor does it expect any such threats in the foreseeable future. Its security interests are predominantly domestic. And in that respect there is already an agreement with China on policing support. This new deal therefore has to be seen in light of China’s reach into this part of the Pacific.