According to Reuters, Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister has just told a visiting Japanese delegation on Tuesday, April 26, that China would not be allowed to build military bases on the island.

Vice Foreign Minister Kentaro Uesugi is leading the Japan delegation on the three-day trip to the Solomon Islands, starting from Monday, April 25. The trip comes after a visit by a senior U.S. delegation to the island, who warned Washington to respond accordingly if China is allowed to set up a military base here.

On the same day, China hit back at claims that it plans to build a military base on the Solomon Islands.

Last week, China confirmed that it had signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands. The deal would extend China’s military reach in the region. It allows China to send armed forces and make warship stopovers at the Solomon Islands, raising concerns that China might want to set up a military base here.

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