State Department spokesperson Ned Price has raised U.S.’s concern about the proposed security deal between the Solomon Islands and China in a most recent press briefing on Monday, April 18.

Price made the comment while a U.S. delegation will visit the island this week. Leading the group are two high-ranking diplomats – Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Security of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Daniel Kritenbrink, Assistant Security of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

The spokesman also said the trip was partially “to share perspectives, to share interests, to share concerns.”

He said that the security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands would open the doors for China to deploy military forces to the island.

He said that such a deal would likely “increase destabilization within the Solomon Islands” and set a “concerning precedent” for the region.

Price said that the U.S. wants its partners in the Indo-Pacific and around the world to know what it can offer, the value of its partnership compared to other rather large countries in the region.

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