China’s foray among Pacific Islands provokes U.S., Australian concerns

High angle view of small islands of the Marovo Lagoon in Solomon Islands.

EXPERT ANALYSIS — A security agreement signed by China and the Solomon Islands in April, has created waves of concern throughout the region and reaching as far as the United States.  Initially leaked as a draft, the deal was formally signed at a meeting in Beijing between foreign ministry officials of the PRC and Solomon Islands, triggering alarm over what it means for Australian national security.

The agreement reportedly contains a provision that allows the Solomon Islands to call on China to send police and military personnel to assist local law enforcement in maintaining civil order and protecting lives and property.

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