According to the Japan Times, on April 25, Japan sent Vice- Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Uesugi to the Solomon Islands. The move came amid growing concern over a recent security agreement that the South Pacific nation signed with China. The pact will offer Beijing a chance to increase its military influence in the region.

As Associated Press reported, during his three-day trip, Uesugi is scheduled to discuss bilateral and regional issues and Japan’s concerns over the security pact.

The visit came after China confirmed it had sealed a security pact with the Solomon Islands last week. The agreement could give Beijing a military buildup in the South Pacific.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on April 22 that Japan believes the deal could affect the security of the entire Asia-Pacific region. He added that Japan is watching the incident’s development with concern.

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