lørdag 2. april 2022

Solomon Islands says security pact will not allow China to build military base

Solomon Islands has said it won’t allow China to build a military base as it seeks to counter international fears over its new security alliance with China. But that insistence will do little to ease concerns about the pact from the nation’s traditional partners that include New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

The leader of Micronesia added his voice to those expressing trepidation by invoking the bloody battles of the second world war and warning that the pact could again see the South Pacific region become a battleground for much larger powers. The Solomon Islands government said on Thursday that a draft agreement of the new security pact had been initialed by representatives from Solomon Islands and China and would be “cleaned up” and signed.