Chinese military forces could soon encircle northern Australia as Beijing conducts a covert campaign to exert influence over small South Pacific nations, operating in their seaports and eyeing strategic land areas.
France Press agency: Australia asks Solomon Islands not to sign security pact with China
Australia on Wednesday asked Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavari not to sign a controversial security agreement with China.
A leaked draft of the security agreement sent shockwaves around the region last month — particularly measures that would allow Chinese security and naval forces to be deployed to the Solomon Islands.
This has put pressure on long-standing concerns in the United States and its allies about the possibility of China building a naval base in the South Pacific, which would allow Beijing to project its naval power beyond its borders.
Read more ….
Western pressure grows on Solomon Islands to abandon its security pact with China