China responds to U.S statements on Security agreement

THE Chinese government says it objects to any third-party interference with its security cooperation with the Solomon Islands.

The Chinese embassy in Honiara made this statement in light of recent warnings by a United States delegation about potential regional security implications brough about by the recent Solomon Islands-China Security pact.

The United States delegation said they have significant concerns and will respond accordingly if steps are taken to establish a de facto permanent military presence, power-projection capabilities, or a military installation

However, the Chinese embassy viewed the U.S delegation warning as an exposure of some countries condescending acts in disrespect to other nations.

“In accordance with the principles of on equal footing, mutual respect and non-interference into each other’s internal affairs, the cooperation in security and other fields between China and Solomon Islands conforms to international law and norms and is conducive to regional stability and development,” it said.

The Embassy said both China and Solomon Islands have repeatedly emphasized that reports on so-called Chinese military base in Solomon Islands are misinformation fabricated by those people with ulterior motives.

It said since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Solomon Islands, the exchanges and cooperation between two countries in various fields have yielded fruitful results and been warmly welcomed by two peoples.

“Any attempt to inflame the situation, provoke tensions and stir up confrontation in the Pacific Island region does not serve common interests of regional countries and is doomed to fail, the statement reads.

In his meeting with the visiting delegation on Friday. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare reiterated to White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell that there would be no military base, no long-term presence, and no power projection capability under its security deal signed with China.

The U.S. delegation thereby outlined specific steps Washington would take to advance the welfare of the people of the Solomons, including by expediting the opening of an embassy, boosting cooperation on unexploded ordinance and sending the Mercy hospital ship to address health issues.

They also said Washington would also deliver more vaccines and would advance climate and health initiatives.

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