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US officials heading to Solomons over China pact worries

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. is sending two top officials to the Solomon Islands following a visit last week by an Australian senator over concerns that China could establish a military pre...

Australia says it would keep security ties with Solomons despite China pact

Australia would continue to cooperate with Solomons Islands on matters of security even if the Pacific island nation signs a proposed security agreement with China that Australia opposes, Australian F...

Western pressure mounts on Solomons to quash pact with China

CANBERRA, Australia: (AP) — Australia and the United States are stepping up diplomatic outreach to the Solomon Islands after China signed a security deal with the South Pacific island nation that coul...

Australia sends minister to Solomon Islands over China defense pact

Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja arrived in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday to ask the country not to sign a proposed security agreement between the ...

China's security deal with Solomons raises alarm in Pacific

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A security alliance between China and the Solomon Islands has sent shudders throughout the South Pacific, with many worried it could set off a large-scale military build...

Solomon Islands won't allow Chinese military base, says PM's office

Amid a regional backlash, the Solomon Islands said it would not allow a Chinese military base in the Pacific islands nation despite its plans to sign a security pact with Beijing. A day after offic...

Solomon Islands says China deal won't include military base

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Seeking to counter international fears over its new security alliance with China, the Solomon Islands said Friday it won't allow China to build a military base there. ...

China, Solomons ink draft of controversial security pact

BEIJING (AP) — China and the Solomon Islands have signed a draft version of a security pact that could see Chinese police and other forces take up duties in the Pacific Island nation, drawing concerns...

Australia, New Zealand worried by China deal with Solomons

CANBERRA, Australa (AP) — The Australian and New Zealand prime ministers on Monday voiced concerns about the potential for a Chinese military presence on the Solomon Islands. A docum...

From fake rifles to naval bases: thick fog hangs over China’s plans in Solomon Islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police in the Solomon Islands have released photos showing off new ‘replica rifles’ after China reportedly sent the country a secret cache of weapons on a logg...

Document indicates China could boost military in Solomons

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A leaked document indicates that China could boost its military presence in the Solomon Islands — including with ship visits — in a development that is raising alarm in ...

Solomon Islands defends new security pact with China

The Solomon Islands on Friday defended plans to sign a security deal with Beijing that could allow China to boost its military presence in the South Pacific island nation. A document, leaked on socia...

Solomon Islands considers security cooperation with China - official

SYDNEY, March 24 (Reuters) - The Solomon Islands has signed a policing deal with China and will send a proposal for a broader security agreement covering the military to its cabinet for consideration,...

China ships fake guns to Solomon Islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Questions are being asked after allegations the Chinese Embassy in the Soloman Islands secretly shipped crates filled with replica firearms to Honiara, the capital of the ...

Solomon Islands' 1st virus outbreak causes growing concern

BANGKOK (AP) — With the first community outbreak of the coronavirus in the Solomon Islands spreading rapidly through the largely unvaccinated population, the Red Cross warned Thursday that the Pacific...