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The Solomon Islands’ Beijing Embassy Opens Amid Western Concern About Stronger China Ties

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Chinese Premier Li Qiang inspect an honor guard during the former's state visit earlier this week. Image: Andy Wong / AFP

The Solomon Islands officially opened its new embassy in Beijing this week, following the upgrading of their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

These stronger ties include an agreement on police cooperation. This follows riots in the capital Honiara in 2021, partly in reaction to the decision to switch diplomatic allegiances away from Taiwan. The incident also triggered closer cooperation on police training with China. This builds on a 2022 security pact between the countries, which some Western observers see as increasing the chances of a Chinese base close to Australia.

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