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Chinese Foreign Minister to visit Solomon Islands this week with “important” visit

China’s foreign minister will make an “important” visit to Solomon Islands this week, the island nation said after the two countries signed a comprehensive security agreement last month.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit comes at a time of heightened concern for the United States and Australia
The Solomon Islands government confirmed a visit to China in a statement Monday, the day Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was sworn in.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogawar said that the one-day visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister headed by a delegation of almost 20 people would be a “milestone” in relations between the two countries.

Mr Sogawar said he looked forward to fruitful cooperation with Beijing, “an important development partner at a very critical time in our history”.


China’s foreign minister will sign “a number” of agreements with Solomon Islands, the statement said, without mentioning the security agreement.
Washington and Canberra fear that a security agreement – details of which have not been released – could lead to China gaining military positions in the South Pacific.
The draft security agreement between China and Solomon Islands included measures to deploy Chinese naval forces in Solomon Islands, which is less than 2,000 kilometers from Australia.
The Chinese minister will spend a day in Haniari, visiting Prime Minister Solomon and holding a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele.
The date of the minister’s trip, scheduled for “later this week”, was not named.

News of the visit to China came ahead of a meeting of the leaders of the United States, Japan, Australia and India on Tuesday at the Quad summit in Tokyo to counter China’s growing economic and military influence in the region.


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