important agreement Signed this week to Solomon Islands and China It did not mention the construction of military facilities, and the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavari, has repeatedly stated that he will not allow this. however, United States, Australia and other countries They have already expressed their concerns.
Although they are more than 9,000 kilometers from the west coast of the mainland of the United States, the Solomon Islands are about 2,500 kilometers from the island of GuamWhere there is an important element US military baseand about 5600 kilometers from the islands Hawaiiwhich is part of the United States of America.
In addition, it is only 1,500 kilometers from the coast Australia. so it is, The agreement generated a strong rejection From the two countries, as well Japan and New Zealandwho had already expressed their concern on the day of the signing.
The fact is that the final version of the agreement has not yet been issued. However, in March, a draft of the agreement was leaked on social networks.
According to the treaty, Solomon Islands “has the right to demand China To send the police, armed police, military and other law enforcement agencies and armed forces.”
Solomon Islands may exercise this right “in accordance with its own needs” and for the purpose of “supporting the maintenance of social order, the protection of human life and property, the response to disasters, or the rendering of assistance in other tasks agreed upon by the parties.”
Moreover, it has been learned that China Realize the right to “visit ships, carry out logistic replenishment, make stops and turnarounds in Solomon Islands“, always with prior consent. In the same way, you can deploy the relevant forces in the archipelago.” […] To protect the safety of Chinese individuals and major projects.
It is ensured that the agreement does not provide for the creation of Chinese naval base in the archipelago, but many experts already imagine it.
The White House quickly responded and asserted that “the United States respects the right of countries to make sovereign decisions for the benefit of their people.” But he continues, “if steps are taken to prove it permanent military presence De facto power projection capabilities or military stabilization, the United States has significant concerns and You will respond accordingly“.
The response continues as follows: “Representatives of the Solomon Islands have indicated that the agreement has only national applications, but the US delegation noted that there are potential regional security implications in the agreement, including for the United States and its allies and partners.”
However, both China and the Solomon Islands dismissed these concerns. “The government is aware of the security implications of hosting a military base and will not be lenient enough to allow the implementation of such an initiative under its tutelage,” he said from the islands. In a published report by The Diplomat.
And he was firm about it: “It wouldn’t be in your best interest. Solomon Islands Hosting any naval or military base of any country, because that will immediately make the Solomon Islands a military target for other countries,” according to the islands’ prime minister.
China also announced along these lines. However, it is clear that time will tell.
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