China Signs Solomon Islands Pact, Over U.S., Australia Opposition
A draft of the security agreement suggested it would let Beijing dock warships in the Pacific nation
China said Tuesday it has signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands, confirming an arrangement that in its draft form drew objections from the U.S. and Australia because it would allow Beijing to dock warships in the Pacific nation.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China and his Solomon Islands counterpart, Jeremiah Manele, “officially signed the inter-governmental framework agreement on security cooperation between the two countries the other day,” a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday.
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