Solomon Islands “Insulted” by China Security Deal Backlash
By sweN TR
Solomon Islands’ PM Manasseh Sogavare has hit back at criticism of his decision to announce a security deal with China, branding concerns from Australia, NZ and the US that his country can’t handle its sovereign affairs as “very insulting”.
Those countries fear Beijing could establish military bases in the island nation, which Sogavare has played down as “misinformation”, although leaked documents suggest Chinese military may be allowed into the country to protect Chinese personnel and projects.
“We will be simply foolish, a sitting duck, to swallow their position and do nothing to protect the infrastructure gifted to us by our friends,” Sogavare added.