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Why is a security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands so worried about Australia?

Why is a security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands so worried about Australia?

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Over the past months, the Solomon Islands have witnessed riots and political unrest

The Solomon Islands confirmed that it was drafting a security pact with China, a move that alarmed Australia and other Western allies in its Indo-Pacific neighbourhood.

Leaked documents indicate that a Chinese military base may be established on the Solomon Islands, located to the north of Australia, which has alarmed the latter, which has long been the main defense ally and largest provider of aid to the small country.

Both Australia and New Zealand said they had raised their concerns with the Solomon Islands.

Australia’s foreign minister said she respected the Solomon Islands’ right to make sovereign decisions, but “we have the right to fear any moves that could undermine the stability and security of the region, including the establishment of permanent entities such as military bases.”