• Australian minister visits Solomons to counter China

    18 days ago - By Bésame

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's new foreign minister visited the Solomon Islands on Friday to assure the South Pacific island nation it does not need a security pact with China.
    The Solomons is the fifth Pacific nation that Foreign Minister Penny Wong has visited since her center-left Labor Party came to power in May 21 elections.
    She is the first Australian minister to visit the Solomons since its government signed a secretive security pact with China that many fear could lead to a Chinese naval base being established within 2,000 kilometers of Australia's northeast coast.
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