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Chinese ambassador says Solomons pact no threat to Australia

May. 12, 2022 06:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese ambassador says China’s engagement with South Pacific island countries poses no threat to Australia, responding to fears that Beijing will establish a military foothold in the Solomon Islands. China’s envoy to Australia, Xiao Qian, attempted...

Australia aware of China plans for Solomon Islands wharves

May. 09, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said on Monday he was aware of China’s ambitions in the southwest Pacific after a newspaper reported plans by Beijing to build wharves, shipyards and underwater cables in the Solomon Islands. The Australian newspaper...

Australian leader silent on reaction to feared Chinese base

May. 08, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Sunday refused to say how his government might respond if China attempted to establish a military base less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off the Australian coast on the Solomon Islands. Prime Minister Scott Morrison...

Australian, Solomon Islands ministers discuss China pact

May. 07, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister has met her Solomon Islands counterpart for the first time since the South Pacific nation signed a security pact with China, which has raised concerns about Beijing's encroachment on Australia's doorstep. Foreign Minister...

Morrison defends management of Australia's ties to Solomons

May. 05, 2022 06:15 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday he is following security officials’ advice in managing relations with the Solomon Islands after its leader alleged he had been threatened “with invasion.” Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh...

US warns Solomon Islands of action over pact with China

Apr. 22, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday warned the Solomon Islands that the United States will take unspecified action against the South Pacific nation should its recently concluded cooperation agreement with China pose a threat to U.S. or allied interests. ...

Solomon Islands leader defends new security pact with China

Apr. 20, 2022 05:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Solomon Islands prime minister confirmed Wednesday that his government has signed a new security agreement with China, but told lawmakers it would not “undermine the peace and harmony of our region” as has been feared by the opposition and countries including the United...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Apr. 19, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: April 13 The Guardian say the cost of living crisis is a global emergency The UK is sliding into a social and economic crisis, the likes of which its people have not seen for decades....

US officials heading to Solomons over China pact worries

Apr. 19, 2022 09:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. is sending two top officials to the Solomon Islands following a visit last week by an Australian senator over concerns that China could establish a military presence in the South Pacific island nation. The White House said Monday that later...

Western pressure mounts on Solomons to quash pact with China

Apr. 13, 2022 06:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia: (AP) — Australia and the United States are stepping up diplomatic outreach to the Solomon Islands after China signed a security deal with the South Pacific island nation that could lead to Beijing establishing a military presence there. Australian Prime...