Ardern says Solomon Islands-China link gravely concerning

Monday, March 28, 2022
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New Zealand has deepened its criticism of a potential security tie-up with China. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the relationship gravely concerning. The move follows a draft of a broader security agreement between the two countries that was leaked online. It would allow Chinese ships and armed forces to conduct operations in the Solomon Islands. This is a significant development and the countries must take care to ensure that any security information shared is not sensitive. Jacinda Ardern has called for the halt of any Chinese military presence in the Solomon Islands. The draft agreement suggested Beijing could send military forces to the island nation and make regular visits by ship. Both New Zealand and Australia have expressed concern over the move. But Ardern said there was no need for China to station its military forces in the small Pacific nation. After all‚ the two countries already had strong diplomatic and military ties. A draft agreement between New Zealand and China indicates that Beijing will send military forces to the Solomon Islands‚ which is close to Australia. The draft also indicates that Beijing can make frequent ship visits to the region. The Pacific countries have expressed concern over the move to put Chinese military forces in the Solomons. However‚ Ardern said there was no need for this since they already have a presence there. In her view‚ the Chinese military presence in the country is unnecessary and will only complicate matters. The proposed security tie-up between New Zealand and China is a worrying development. While the two nations are sovereign nations‚ the move is clearly not in the best interest of either country. As a result‚ New Zealand will have to tread carefully with its relationship with China. Its prime minister has also warned that the pacific nation should not be coerced into a deal that threatens its sovereignty. Earlier this year‚ the Solomon Islands and China were discussing the link between their countries. The country sought to restore stability to its small country after being ravaged by recent instability. As a sovereign nation‚ New Zealand expressed concern about China's presence in the island‚ saying it was unnecessary and unwise. For a sovereign nation‚ there is no need for the Chinese to station military forces in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands and China have a long-standing relationship. It has been the case for decades. The two countries are partners‚ but their relationship is still highly complex. The relationship between the two countries is very important to both countries. While the US and Australia have an interest in the relationship‚ China's involvement in the island is highly controversial. Neither country is a good match for one another. As a sovereign nation‚ New Zealand cannot afford to outspend other countries on its military.

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The government‚ however‚ has longstanding relationships in the Pacific. A draft security deal between the two countries indicated that China would be allowed to station its military in the Solomon Islands and make frequent ship visits. The Chinese had expressed concern over the presence of its forces. The Solomon Islands are a sovereign nation‚ and both countries have strong ties. China has been building up a presence in the Solomon Islands. Its leaders are now preparing to send their military to the country. They are already building military bases in the area. Despite their concerns‚ China has not yet made the decision to send troops to the island. A draft security agreement between the two countries is not legally binding‚ and the governments can still negotiate the terms. Further‚ the deal can be renegotiated. In the end‚ the Solomon Islands and China had established a presence in the region. This meant that Beijing was in control of the security situation in the region. Its military was stationed in the country to protect it. This prompted New Zealand to consider a bilateral partnership. The partnership between the two countries was signed in 2015. This meant that China could send military personnel to the islands. While the Pacific nation had a presence in the country‚ the relationship between the two countries was not a security risk.