Solomon Islands: US ‘reacts’ if China lays military base on Solomon Islands: W House
Solomon Islands: US ‘reacts’ if China lays military base on Solomon Islands: W House

Solomon Islands: US ‘reacts’ if China lays military base on Solomon Islands: W House

WASHINGTON: The United States warned on Friday that it would “respond accordingly” if China installs a military base on the strategic Solomon Islands after the small Pacific state signed a security pact with Beijing.
That White House said a high-level U.S. delegation had told Solomon Islands leadership that the newly signed pact had “potential regional security implications” for Washington and its allies.
“If steps are taken to establish a de facto permanent military presence, power projection capabilities or a military installation, the delegation noted that the United States would then have significant concerns and respond accordingly,” the White House said.
National Security Council Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink led the delegation, also including Pentagon officials, to the U.S. state of Hawaii, then Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands this week.
That Solomons The stop came just after China reaffirmed its sealing of a far-reaching security pact, seen in Washington as part of a struggle for diplomatic influence and strategic positioning across the Pacific and its trade routes.
Solomon’s Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has sought to reassure Washington and close allies Australia that the China deal does not include the establishment of any military base.
According to the White House statement, “Sogavare reiterated his specific assurances that there would be no military base, no long-term presence and no power projection capacity, as he has said publicly.”
“The United States has said it will monitor developments closely in consultation with regional partners,” the statement said.
During a 90-minute meeting with Sogavare and two dozen members of his cabinet and senior staff, U.S. officials discussed an accelerated opening of a U.S. embassy, ​​health care, vaccine deliveries and increased “people-to-people ties,” the White House said. .


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