Australia Discusses China Security Pact with Solomon Islands

A minister from the Australian government arrived in the Pacific Islands nation for talks amid concern about a proposed security agreement between the Solomon Islands and China.

Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja said earlier that the two-day visit would “further strengthen Australia’s relationship with the Solomon Islands.”

Seselja’s visit follows talks last week in Honiara between Australian intelligence chiefs and the Solomon Islands officials over the proposed China security pact.

Meanwhile, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman also held discussions with Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele about plans to reopen the US Embassy in the country and to join efforts and engagements between the countries to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

On Tuesday, a leaked memo from the Chinese government surfaced on social media telling the Solomon Islands in December that it wanted to send a 10-member security team with weapons, including a sniper rifle, machines guns, and electronic listening devices to protect the embassy staff in the wake of the riots in Honiara in Novemb

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