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Australia's pro-China leader sues Solomons after exit • TNTV Tahiti Nui Télévision

Australia's pro-China leader sues Solomons after exit • TNTV Tahiti Nui Télévision

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Ms Wong will travel to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, to meet the new head of government, Jeremiah Manele, who took office in May.

“We are ready to build a much bigger and deeper partnership with the Solomon Islands.”she said. “This is an opportunity, with a new government, to see how we can work together.”.

Mr. Since Sokavar left power in March, several senior Australian officials and members of the US parliament have visited the Solomon Islands, hoping to bring the tiny country to the Western Hemisphere for its strategic position.

In 2019, Mr. Sadness broke off. Then, in 2022, the Solomons signed a secret security agreement with China that allowed the Commonwealth member to rapidly expand Chinese interests in the archipelago. Australia and the US fear the deal creates the cornerstone of a Chinese military base in the Solomon Islands.

Although Jeremiah Manel is far less outspoken than Manasseh Sogavere in his support for Beijing and distrust of Canberra and Washington, observers say he is unlikely to fundamentally redefine Solomon Islands foreign policy.

Mr. Manele, when he was foreign minister, visited Beijing in 2019 to formalize mutual diplomatic recognition between his country and China.

Earlier in the week, he reaffirmed his support for the one-China policy “Deep thanks to the Chinese government”It funded many infrastructure improvements in the archipelago.

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