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Solomons PM Tells Australia There Will Be No China Military Base

  • Australia welcomes Solomons’ security reassurances, Wong says
  • Leaders also discussed labor mobility and climate change
Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.
Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.Photographer: Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo

Australia welcomed reassurances from the Solomon Islands that it would not allow China to install a military base on its territory, helping to assuage concerns about Beijing’s growing influence in the Pacific region.

Australia’s new Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Friday met Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who reaffirmed to her that Australia remained the country’s first partner of choice in matters of security and development.