Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele at a media conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday. Photo: New Zealand Herald via AP
Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele at a media conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday. Photo: New Zealand Herald via AP

Solomon Islands would not ‘choose sides’, agrees to US, Pacific Islands accord after China references removed

  • Remarks represented the first time Solomons publicly acknowledged it had initial concerns about agreement and expressed why it had a change of heart
  • Solomons said a security agreement with China was part of a national security strategy and there was no provision for Beijing to build a military base

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele at a media conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday. Photo: New Zealand Herald via AP
Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele at a media conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday. Photo: New Zealand Herald via AP
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