Chinese Military Base NOT ALLOWED – A Major Blow To Communism
(RightWing.org) – China signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands in late April. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare dismissed concerns the agreement could lead to the communist country establishing a military presence in the region. However, new reports indicate Honiara, the capital city’s deal with Beijing, doesn’t include the construction of military bases.
The topic of the security agreement arose during the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, conducted in Fiji from July 11 to 14. United States officials joined Solomon Island’s neighboring countries of Australia and New Zealand in expressing continued unease about the pact.
Sogavare met with reporters on the last day of the meeting, telling them that concerns regarding the creation of a permanent Chinese military installation in the Solomon Islands had been exaggerated.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of the Solomon Islands said a military base wouldn't be welcome in his country—or anywhere else in the region. https://t.co/RKRHkjuHJZ
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 14, 2022
“Let me assure you… there is no military base… or facility… [included] in the agreement,” Sogavare said, adding that it didn’t serve anyone’s interest for the Chinese to establish a base in any South Pacific nation.
Sagavare also noted that allowing any foreign country to build an installation on the Solomon Islands could target the country and its inhabitants for potential military attacks.
What do you think of the Solomon Islands working with the Chinese? Do you think it could pose a possible threat to Australia and other Pacific island nations?
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