At a time when “security” cooperation between China and the Pacific island nations, the Solomon Islands, is attracting a lot of attention, Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s foreign affairs correspondent Stephen Dziedzic posted a photo on his Twitter account on Thursday, November 17. It shows uniformed Chinese policemen swaggering through the streets of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.
Beijing Business Today reported that in April this year, China and the Solomon Islands signed a “Security Cooperation Agreement.” The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force announced on October 11 that a delegation of 32 police officers had arrived in China for the first time for training.
According to the “New York Times” on March 25 of this year, the draft text of the “Security Cooperation Agreement” allows China to provide “support for other missions” and requires confidentiality, stating “no party may disclose cooperation information to third parties.” In August of this year, the Solomon Islands officially notified the United States of its suspension of the entry of warships from the country.
RFA said that Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made no secret of his pro-Beijing stance. Immediately after his election in 2019, he announced that the Islands blatantly ended 36 years of diplomatic relations with Taiwan to establish official ties with Beijing. Sogavare’s severance of diplomatic relations with Taiwan significantly impacted the country’s largest province, Malaita, and ultimately led to riots last November.