Solomon Islands Tells Japan It Will Not Allow China Military Bases

(Reuters) —

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi speaks to Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin during a meeting at the Iikura Guest House, Tokyo, Japan April 9. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via REUTERS)

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Mannaseh Sogavare told a visiting Japanese delegation on Tuesday that he had no intention of allowing China to build military bases in his country, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said.

China said it signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands earlier this month, prompting concern from Washington and its allies that the pact would significantly extend China’s military reach in the region. 

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