Yomiuri and Nikkei wrote that the Chinese government announced on Tuesday that it has formally signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands. Although the two nations have not disclosed the details of the pact, the agreement will reportedly allow the deployment of the Chinese police and military and port calls by PLA navy ships.
Yomiuri wrote that the United States is becoming increasingly alarmed by the strengthened security cooperation between China and the Solomon Islands and that the Biden administration is planning to increase the United States’ engagement in the South Pacific and strengthen its cooperation with Australia and Japan in response to China’s growing influence in the region. The White House announced on Monday that Asia-Pacific Coordinator Campbell and Assistant Secretary of State Kritenbrink will visit Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands this week. Sankei ran a similar report.