Amid a contentious agreement between China and the Solomon Islands, the United States has warned the South Pacific archipelago against allowing a permanent Chinese military presence.
If action is taken, the United States will have “significant concerns” and will “act accordingly,” the National Security Council said in a statement at the White House in Washington today.
The U.S. delegation, led by Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell, met with the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sokavare, in the capital, Hon’ble. The Prime Minister promised that China would not have a “military base, long-term presence” there. “The United States has stressed the need to work closely with regional partners to closely monitor developments,” the statement said.
The contract was signed
The island nation of northeastern Australia, with hundreds of small and large islands, is home to only about 700,000 people. The Solomon Islands and China announced in April that they had concluded a structural agreement on security issues. These include maintaining social order, protecting property, providing humanitarian assistance and responding to natural disasters. Australia, New Zealand and the United States have asked the Solomon Islands not to sign the agreement.
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