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New Zealand has also criticized the security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands

New Zealand has also criticized the security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacintha Artern

Prime Minister of New Zealand, On Wednesday, Jacinta Artern criticized the sealed security agreement between the Solomon Islands and China.

“This signed agreement is not required”He stressed that all Pacific nations are “ready and ready to meet the security needs of our neighbors” and support the regional dialogue.

Recognizing that the Solomon Islands are a sovereign nation, Artern stressed that his Solomon Islands government, Manasseh Chowk, violated the Pacific Council’s obligations.

Calling for multilateral dialogue, Ardern pointed out the interest the EU, Japan and China have in the Pacific, saying that although there are features of cooperation with third parties, there are well-defined limits in some key areas and “our militarization”. The region is a very clear line. “

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Solomon Islands President Manasseh Chowk
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Solomon Islands President Manasseh Chowk

Ardern’s statements came in the context of “deep concern,” which was leaked by the Australian government due to the “lack of transparency” of the agreement, which was signed by a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman last night. Wang Wenpin, without giving further details.

Except, The signing announcement coincides with this week’s visit by US delegates led by Indo – Pacific Kurt Campbell and Daniel Greidenbrink, National Security Council Coordinator for East Asia and the Pacific.

The U.S. delegation, which did not specify travel dates, will travel to the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

The deal, which became known last month due to a draft leak on social networks, opens up the possibility of sending Chinese security forces at Honiara’s request, while the most tense aspect is the fear that Beijing will establish one. The naval base in the Pacific is something that the Solomon government denies.

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“There has always been incredible pressure on Pacific nations from China to seek to undermine regional security.”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned today that his country is focusing on avoiding “those risks” in the Pacific, according to reports gathered from the public network ABC.

For his part, Sogavare today pledged in the Hon’ble Parliament that his government was committed to the “eyes wide open” agreement, and that the coalition would help improve the “police capability to deal with future instability” in an autonomous manner. To third parties.

The turnaround in Sokavere’s foreign policy, which severed its alliance with Taiwan in 2019 in recognition of China, caused unrest in the opposition and provoked violent protests last November.

(With information from EFE)

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