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Translated by : MOS Translation Team – Eleutheria Lee

The United States, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand proposed a closer partnership with Pacific island nations to maintain a free and secure Indo-Pacific region at a meeting in Hawaii on April 20 and shared concerns about a proposed security framework between the Solomon Islands and the CCP regime.

In a statement, White House National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said the federal government is determined to increase its engagement in the Pacific to work with island nations in the region to address challenges including maritime security, economic development, climate crisis, and COVID-19.

The CCP foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters on Tuesday that the framework pact was recently signed by Communist China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, and the Solomon Islands foreign minister, Manele. According to a leaked draft version of the agreement, the Solomon Islands is allowing CCP security and naval deployments per request to maintain its “social order”.

In response, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement that “Australia is deeply disappointed with the signing of a security cooperation agreement between the Solomon Islands and China, announced by the Chinese Government,” and “We are concerned about the lack of transparency with which this agreement has been developed, noting its potential to undermine stability in our region.”

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