Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pictured on the campaign trail in Sydney. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pictured on the campaign trail in Sydney. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP
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Australia ‘lost its way’ in the Pacific as China scaled up influence, says ex-envoy to Solomon Islands

  • Retired career diplomat Trevor Sofield said it was ‘inconceivable’ that the Solomons did not trust Australia enough to consult it about the China security pact
  • ‘We had a vision’, the former high commissioner told a security summit. ‘But we’ve lost that vision and we’ve lost that trust that we developed over time’

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pictured on the campaign trail in Sydney. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pictured on the campaign trail in Sydney. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP
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