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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

The U.S. wants to counter China’s influence around the world by providing everything from infrastructure to vaccines and green energy. WSJ’s Stu Woo explains how the plan, dubbed Build Back Better World, aims to compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Photo composite: Daniel Orton

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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