Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare are pictured in 2019. The US announced on Monday it was sending two top officials to the Solomons  over concerns  China could establish a military presence in the  island nation. Photo: AP Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare are pictured in 2019. The US announced on Monday it was sending two top officials to the Solomons over concerns China could establish a military presence in the island nation. Photo: AP Photo

China confirms signing of Solomon Islands security pact as US warns of regional instability

  • Beijing says agreement ‘does not target any third party’ and is intended to promote peace and stability
  • The US announces senior officials will visit Honiara, Australia presses its regional neighbour to step back from Beijing

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare are pictured in 2019. The US announced on Monday it was sending two top officials to the Solomons  over concerns  China could establish a military presence in the  island nation. Photo: AP Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare are pictured in 2019. The US announced on Monday it was sending two top officials to the Solomons over concerns China could establish a military presence in the island nation. Photo: AP Photo
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