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Solomon Islands PM Assures Australia It Remains “Security Partner of Choice”

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (l) meeting with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese in Fiji, image: AFP

Manasseh Sogavare, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, moved to calm Australian fears about his country’s new security pact with China. 

In an interview with The Guardian, Sogavare said there will never be a Chinese military base in the Solomon Islands because it would make the small island state an “enemy” and “put our country and our people as targets for potential military strikes.”

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