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Pacific power play - how will the Solomons choose?

China’s interest in the Pacific island state is of major concern to Australia and its Western allies

Mr Manasseh Sogavare and Mr Zed Seselja during their meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on April 13, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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The Pacific island states appear as tiny specks scattered across the vast blue expanse of ocean between Asia and North America. More often thought of by outsiders as idyllic, palm-fringed and tranquil, they have become of late a new arena of geopolitical competition.

The leading edge of this trend is in the Solomon Islands, where a budding relationship with China has spooked Australia.

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