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Australia has asked the Solomon Islands to drop its agreement with China

Australia has asked the Solomon Islands to drop its agreement with China

Australia asked the Solomon Islands to abandon signing with Beijing on Wednesday, April 13th A security contract, Canberra suspects a prerequisite for the establishment of a Chinese military presence in its vicinity. Last month, a preliminary version of the agreement was leaked: it mentions the recognition of Chinese security and naval deployments in the Solomons. This information caused concern in Australia, the United States and other Pacific countries.

Australian Pacific Minister Zed Seselja met with Prime Minister Manasseh Chowdhury on Wednesday in Honolulu, the capital of the Solomon Islands. He has “I respectfully request that you consider the non-signing of the agreement and consult with the Pacific family, in the light of our regional transparency and transparency, in line with our regional security framework“, He said in a statement.

In early April, Manasseh Sokavare promised not to allow a Chinese military base to be built in his country, but that was not enough to allay fears of Australia and its allies. The draft agreement specifically provides for the maintenance of armed Chinese police at the request of the Solomon Islands.Social order“.The”Chinese forces“Protect and Allow”Safety of Chinese personnel“And”Major projectsOf the archipelago.

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