The White House said on Monday, April 18, that Kurt Campbell, Indo-Pacific Coordinator of the White House, and Daniel Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, would visit the Solomon Islands this week. The visit happened when the Pacific Island nation established a security treaty with China.

According to Reuters, two senior diplomats would lead a delegation, including officials from the U.S. Defense Department, National Security Council, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The trip will cover three countries: the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea.

According to a statement from the White House National Security Council, the delegation will meet with senior government officials to ensure prosperity, security, and peace across the Pacific Islands and the Indo-Pacific.

Moreover, the U.S. group will also stopover in Hawaii to “consult with senior military officials and regional partners at United States Indo-Pacific Command.”

Under the terms of the leaked draft agreement between China and Solomons, China could send police, military personnel, and other armed forces to the island country to maintain social order. It could also send warships to the islands for stopovers, leading to speculation that China might want to set up a naval base on the island.

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