On April 22, a high-level U.S. delegation met with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. There, the U.S. warned Beijing that it would “respond accordingly” if Beijing maintained any military presence in the Pacific island nation.
The White House statement reads, “If steps are taken to establish a de facto permanent military presence, power-projection capabilities, or a military installation, the delegation noted that the United States would then have significant concerns and respond accordingly.”
According to the statement, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare reiterated to the U.S. delegation, led by National Security Council Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell, that there would be no military base, no long-term presence, and no power projection capability under the pact it signed with China.
During the visit, the U.S. delegation also outlined specific steps Washington would take to advance the welfare of the people of Solomon Islands.