The Pentagon said on Thursday, April 14, that the possible security agreement between China and Solomon Islands leaves the opportunity for the Chinese military to deploy its troops to the Pacific nation.
South China Morning Post reported that Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told a press conference, “We believe that signing such an agreement could actually increase destabilization within the Solomon Islands and could set a concerning precedent for the wider Pacific Island region.”
Kirby added, “Obviously we are concerned about this.”
The Guardian provided information on April 12 that it had received a copy of leaked documents dated December 3, 2021. In this document, the Chinese government asked Solomon to allow its personnel to enter the Island to protect the Chinese embassy in Honiara.
In response to the Chinese government’s request, the Solomon Islands’ permanent secretary for foreign affairs said he had “no objection.”