Pacific island country Solomon Islands and the Chinese government have sealed a treaty that has aroused international attention. Some experts made comments about the treaty leaked to social media on March 24.

The draft of the treaty stated that “Solomon Islands may, according to its own needs, request China to send police, armed police, military personnel and other law enforcement and armed forces to the Solomon Islands to assist in maintaining social order, protecting people’s lives and property.”

It also states that the Chinese regime may “make ship visits, to carry out logistical replenishment in, and have stopover and transition in Solomon Islands.”

The document says China and the Solomon Islands will enter into an agreement to strengthen “security cooperation, on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty, equality and mutual benefit.”

The draft also required secrecy, noting, “Neither party shall disclose the cooperation information to a third party.”

According to BBC News, the Solomon Islands is the third-largest island country in the South Pacific, only 2,000 kilometers northeast of Australia. Therefore, once the Chinese ships are allowed to enter, it will undoubtedly open a door for the China regime to break through the “first island chain” defense line of the United States.

BBC quoted Allan Gyngell, a professor at the Australian Institute of International Affairs, saying: “The details of this deal are still uncertain. But even if it’s smaller than the feared military base, it would be China’s first foothold in the Pacific.”

BBC also cited Mihai Sora, a Pacific Islands analyst at Australia’s Lowy Institute, saying, “You have the scope for China to deploy any kind of personnel… and it’s not clearly defined the parameters of deployment or the authority those forces would have.”

Sora added that the worst-case scenario could be an escalation of tensions in the South China Sea, where Beijing has built artificial islands and installed military equipment in the disputed waters to keep other countries’ navies and air forces out.

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