Solomon Islands-China security pact: Concern about a potential military base in the South-Pacific

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The Solomon Islands on Friday defended plans to sign a security deal with Beijing that could allow China to boost its military presence in the South Pacific island nation. A document, leaked on social media, revealed details of the pact, raising alarm bells in Australia, amid concerns China could try to establish a military base on the islands. The document says the Solomon Islands may "request China to send police, armed police, military personnel and other law enforcement and armed forces." It said Beijing could also send ships for stopovers and to replenish supplies. The draft also allows China to have the final say on any public information released about the new pact. The leak is believed to be part of wider security arrangements after the Solomons on Thursday agreed on a policing cooperation pact with China following anti-government protests in November that turned into riots. A Solomon Islands official told Reuters news agency that the agreement would be sent to the cabinet for consideration. Australia and New Zealand have for decades seen the Pacific islands as their "backyard" and any security pact with Beijing is a threat to their position in the region. Washington and Canberra have long been concerned about the potential for China to build a naval base in the South Pacific, allowing its navy to project power far beyond East Asia. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia and New Zealand were part of the "Pacific family" and had a history of providing security support and responding to crises. "There are others who may seek to pretend to influence and may seek to get some sort of hold in the region and we are very conscious of that," he told reporters. Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told ABC Radio the proposed pact was "one of the most significant security developments that we have seen in decades and it's one that is adverse to Australia's national security interests." Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said any move to establish a Chinese military base in the Solomon Islands would be concerning. "We want peace and stability in the region. We don't want unsettling influences and we don't want pressure and coercion that we are seeing from China," Dutton told Channel Nine TV. New Zealand said Friday it would raise the issue with both the Solomon Islands and China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Friday called on relevant parties to look at the security pact "objectively and calmly and not over-interpret it." About the security arrangement with Beijing, the Solomon Islands government said in a statement it was "diversifying the country's security partnership including with China." It added that "broadening partnerships is needed to improve the quality of lives of our people and address soft and hard security threats facing the country.” The government said the security arrangement with Australia, signed in 2017, would be unaffected. Subscribe: 🤍🤍youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1 For more news go to: 🤍🤍dw.com/en/ Follow DW on social media: ►Facebook: 🤍🤍facebook.com/deutschewellenews/ ►Twitter: 🤍twitter.com/dwnews ►Instagram: 🤍🤍instagram.com/dwnews Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie: 🤍🤍youtube.com/dwdeutsch #China #Australia #SolomonIslands

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Damir Kozlica
2022-08-06 16:48:05

It is a Cold War. The West should change the government there by any means possible.

agbor ebot
2022-08-01 22:39:49

is it an abomination if china should build military base in solomon island? america is having military bases around the world and no body is saying anything negative , why do you people( the west ) hate china

Malowa Tubolo
2022-07-29 03:20:59

China,liberate NZ n Australia from the murdering land thieving British dictators

Kel Jones
2022-07-20 01:11:38

Why don’t they just leave the Solomon’s alone ..I’m all for freedom ..keep China away ! Colonization by evils

mindy cisco
2022-07-04 20:46:33

They have no right 2 tell who can have a China military base on THEIR OWN LAND.
America has Thousands of bases ALL OVER THE WORLD...
THEY ARE AFRAID OF THEIR FASCISTS DOMINANCE!
Good for those countries who goes against the norm!!!

Notyourhomie
2022-06-25 22:10:46

SOLOMON'S BIG GOVERNMENT JUST GOT A HUGE PAYDAY TO SACRIFICE THEIR LANDS. THESE MUPPETS ONLY THOUGHT ABOUT 1 THING. MONEY. FOR THEIR GENERATION AND THATS IT. COWHERD'S

Codeman
2022-06-20 15:44:07

The irony in this news is so strong. Aussies will get what it deserves

Sha Hart
2022-06-20 06:45:59

Australia is a land of contradiction, we apparently went to war in WW1 and WW2 to fight for freedom, while we abused or indigenous at home.

Bull Terror
2022-06-14 12:00:18

Whatever Australia says about supporting the Pacific is irrelevant because Australia can't even stay on top of its own Organised Crime problems which currently control the National Security Agencies & the Military - therefore the Pacific is well within its rights to align with China on security issues, to protect themselves from Australia, which has been infiltrated almost entirely by Organised Crime, Terrorism & the Kremlin

Peter Sinclair
2022-06-06 04:53:22

China is building web of vassal states through creating debt loans poor countries cannot repay. Build infrastructure. Then military bases.

Peter Sinclair
2022-06-06 04:29:19

Africa & BRI. A lesson for the Pacific. China lends money to poor countries. Import Chinese labour for skilled work. Change Africa countries principal plus interest on,pan a labour, poor country cannot afford, have a clause to take port or airfield as compensation. Islander leaders visit Rolls Royce showroom.

Keith Watkins
2022-06-02 03:54:46

Communism must be deterred. The Solomon Islands have probably gone for China's money.

pepo23
2022-06-01 03:50:48

Estás noticias no hay en español

Freedom
2022-05-30 01:09:00

Sth Sea Islands do a contract similar to the Nth Territory Darwin Port deal.
Australia 🇦🇺 Albo and Wong
Where the contract is not in the interest of the Island State; Then!!!!.
Refuse all aid/ grants and work permits to Sth Sea 🌊 Island 🏝 that sign with China 🇨🇳.
Save the money that would have been these grants in a special fund. When the Islands fail to repay the loans, buy out the loans and take possession of the Infrastructure assets.
Then if and when it suits sell these assets to the appropriate interest.

Lynne Levett
2022-05-28 14:32:15

Sounds WONDERFUL DOESN'T IT?? PUTIN AND XI DIVIDING THE WORLD UP BETWEEN THEM! You super powers have lost all that had an iota of good in you! All you will get are hollow victories with a desolate wasteland with no people to rule I'm at the end of my life. My Grandchildren are at the beginning of theirs. Will they have a world to live in as they grow up -- or will you have wiped us off the face of the earth ? What pathetically sad ending to our once beautiful and potentially peaceful world. 😞😞

Td Tdtd
2022-05-28 11:15:28

Just look at Solomon inhabitants and you understand their tiny or no brain hahahh

Steve Pollard
2022-05-28 09:58:06

Australian is so concerned about China and the Solomon Islands yet the Morrison Gov. allowed China to purchase the lease for the Darwin port. HELLO.

pacpwr
2022-05-28 03:16:13

I live in Australia and who really cares whether China and South Pacific Islands do deals on trade or defence or anything else for that matter. It's their right as a country to do what they like, (they might also be better off) China is only doing it to get fishing rights and these islands votes in international forums (the forums are already a joke anyway). Please don't tell me that these islands locations are a military threat to AU, a dozen cruise missiles and the bases and anything in them would be wiped out.

Cliff King
2022-05-27 21:50:39

what a fool there will be tears in the pacific when china owns them

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